Rohingya crisis: United Nations aid call as '290000 flee' Myanmar

The 57-member OIC, meeting in Astana, expressed "serious concern about recent systematic brutal acts committed by the armed forces against the Muslim community of Rohingya in Myanmar".

Rathedaung, the site of the latest fires, is the furthest Rohingya-inhabited area from the border with Bangladesh. Many villages were burned and hundreds of people died, mainly Rohingya Muslims.

"It is expected that the United Nations act swiftly and undertake all necessary measures towards addressing global concerns about the deteriorating situation in Myanmar", Zarif said. About 1 million of them live in Rakhine State in the west of the country.

According to media reports, the violence began when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state.

He said China was also suffering from the Rohingya crisis because it had investments in Myanmar and wanted to revive BCIM (Bangladesh, China, India, Myanmar) economic corridor plan.

The violence was triggered on August 25 when an ethnic Rohingya insurgent group attacked police posts in Myanmar and security forces retaliated. "Slowly, one after another, villages are being burnt down - I believe that Rohingyas are already wiped out completely from Rathedaung", said one of the sources, Chris Lewa of the Arakan Project, a Rohingya monitoring group.

In the past, some Muslims from Myanmar had entered Manipur illegally and they are now in prison.

Zulkifli Abu Bakar, the director-general of the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency, said Malaysia is likely to see more people from Myanmar in coming weeks and months because of the renewed violence.

Zeid, a Jordanian prince, noted that the United Nations refugee agency has reported that 270,000 people have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the last three weeks, and pointed to satellite imagery and reports of "security forces and local militia burning Rohingya villages" and extrajudicial killings.

A Rohingya refugee woman wiping her tears after crossing the border at Teknaf, Bangladesh.

Speaking to ISNA, Qassemi said that Iranian embassy in Bangladesh has also made contacts with the Dhaka to prepare the ground for sending humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees.

Cellphones to reach out to separated relatives, bags of spices that remind them of home, solar panels to bring a little light to their ragged tents, these are what the terrified, starving, exhausted Rohingya are carrying as they escape the violence in Myanmar, reports the Associated Press.

Senator John McCain of Arizona also wrote to Ms Suu Kyi this week, noting that he had been her friend and supporter and calling on her "to take an active role in putting a stop to this worsening humanitarian crisis as it spreads throughout the country".

  • Rogelio Becker