At least 18,500 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar's Rakhine, the International Organization for Migration said Wednesday.
An estimated 18,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled across the border into Bangladesh since Friday to escape the latest escalation of violence in western Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state.
It said Bangladesh has hosted refugees from Myanmar for decades, and UNHCR believes it is of the utmost importance that it continues to allow Rohingya refugees fleeing from the violence to seek safety there.UNHCR also calls on the worldwide community to support Bangladesh in doing so, with all necessary aid and other help.
The militants struck again on Friday, attacking around 30 police posts in pre-dawn raids, and killing at least a dozen security force members using knives, homemade explosives and guns.
Myanmar has always been under scrutiny by the worldwide community over its atrocities against the Rohingya, known by the United Nations as the "most persecuted minority group in the world".
On Tuesday the military claimed that Arsa had rallied more than 50 per cent of Rohingya villagers in the Buthidaung and Maungdaw - two conflict-hit Muslim majority areas close the border - and were attempting to establish a "Rohingya-only area". The UN considers Rohingya one of the world's most persecuted minorities.
Marsudi also said she contacted the Indonesian embassy in Yangon, stating that the National Security Adviser will brief the Indonesian ambassador.
The government denies full citizenship to Rohingya Muslims, branding them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
But the rights chief stressed that the turn of events was not only "deplorable".
The organisation demanded formation of an independent and neutral commission to investigate the torture on Rohingyas and violation of their human rights, and bring those responsible for the atrocities to book.
The humanitarian crisis in Myanmar involving the Rohingya people must end before it intensifies further, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres Wednesday in a phone call, presidency sources said. It said it was ready to help Bangladesh with assistance for the refugees. These appear to be isolated instances from what we can see at the moment.
Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority country, while Myanmar is dominantly Buddhist, with Christians occupying a very small percentage of the population. Predominantly Buddhist Myanmar has faced criticism for its treatment of the Rohingya minority.
Satellite data recently accessed by Human Rights Watch show widespread fires burning in at least 10 areas in Rakhine.
According to the Myanmar Times, Tun's statement came before the Minister of Home Affairs Lt.
"I am extremely concerned that the unsupported allegations against worldwide aid organizations place their staff in danger and may make it impossible for them to deliver essential aid", Zeid said.