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Of the 1.1 million Rohingya in Rakhine state, about 120,000 live in internally displaced persons camps near the Rakhine capital Sittwe where they were sent following deadly communal violence with Buddhists in 2012. He would visit the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, from November 30 to December 2.

Hussein also expressed concern that more than 8,700 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks, adding to the tens of thousands who have been arriving in Bangladesh since October 2016.

Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch's Asia Division, said Thailand should re-evaluate its policy towards fleeing Rohingya.

This latest round of violence comes after the attacks on Myanmar security forces on 25 August. Rohingya are denied citizenship in Myanmar and classed as illegal immigrants, despite a heritage there that can go back hundreds of years.

Jeddah, Aug.29 (BNA): The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has condemned the renewed outbreak of violence affecting the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine State, Myanmar, which has led to thousands to flee their homes to neighboring Bangladesh.

Army convoys have been driving Rohingya who have managed to cross into Bangladesh back across the border several times a day, an AFP correspondent at the scene said. Last week, Rohingya militants attacked police and border outposts, and security forces responded. A military source, however, blamed what he described as insurgents for torching the buildings.

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Thailand was once a popular transit route for Rohingya escaping troubled Rakhine state in northwest Myanmar across the Andaman Sea.

Almost 100 people are officially reported dead in the ongoing clashes, including 80 Rohingya insurgents and 12 members of the Burmese security forces deployed in the theatre. The UN refugee agency has said that some 5,200 people have managed to cross into Bangladesh in the past three days. "Let us pray for our Rohingya brethren".

The casualty report confirmed at least 59 dead insurgents and twelve government soldiers also lost their lives.

"The United Nations stands ready to provide all the necessary support to both Myanmar and Bangladesh in that regard", he said.

Although the cause of fire has not been ascertained yet, NY based Human Rights Watch are adamant that satellite images emerging in the aftermath clearly show burning in at least ten different areas in Northern Rakhine State.


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