Over 500000 Rohingya Muslims cross from Rakhine into Bangladesh

Over 500000 Rohingya Muslims cross from Rakhine into Bangladesh

Police in Bangladesh said they recovered the bodies of 14 refugees, including nine children, after their boat went down.

Almost half a million Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar have poured into Bangladesh in a little over a month, joining hundreds of thousands who fled earlier convulsions of violence and persecution in the Buddhist-majority country.

According to witnesses and survivors, the boat overturned just yards from the coast after apparently hitting a submerged object and was later washed ashore in two parts.

"These are Rohingya terrorists who killed Buddhist monks in Myanmar", the monk said in his live commentary on Facebook, pointing to Rohingya mothers with small children in their arms.

"They drowned before our eyes".

More than 500,000 Rohingya refugees - mostly women and children - fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in recent weeks, settling in makeshift settlements and encampments in and around the border town of Cox's Bazar. "Minutes later, the waves washed the bodies to the beach", Mohammad Sohel, a local shopkeeper said.

The UN Security Council is due to meet on the crisis later Thursday.

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The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group who have been living in the Buddhist-majority nation of Myanmar in Southeast Asia for centuries.

Myanmar's military launched what they called clearance operations after Rohingya insurgents targeted security forces in attacks August 25.

The number of refugees arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25 has risen to 480,000, worldwide aid bodies said on Tuesday.

Aid groups said in a joint statement they were: "increasingly concerned about severe restrictions on humanitarian access and impediments to the delivery of critically needed humanitarian assistance throughout Rakhine State".

Myanmar's military says its operation is aimed at rooting out Rohingya militants and has repeatedly denied targeting civilians.

Those who have made it to Bangladesh have brought with them multiple accounts of murder and systematic arson of their villages by Myanmar soldiers and mobs of ethnic Rakhine.

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