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Aid agencies must step up 'massively' to help Rohingya Muslims

14 September 2017

The government, she said, should also hold talks with governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh to resolve the problems of Rohingya Muslims.

But reporters from Associated Press on the Bangladesh side of the border said they had seen an elderly woman with devastating leg wounds: one leg half-blown off and the other also badly injured.

Critics have called for the Nobel laureate to be stripped of her peace prize amid reports of "ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslim's in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Amarpreet Singh, managing director of Khalsa Aid India, told The Indian Express: "We had come prepared for providing relief to some 50,000 people, but there are more than three lakh [300,000] refugees here".

Myanmar says its security forces are fighting Rohingya militants behind a surge of violence in Rakhine state that began on August 25, and they are doing all they can to avoid harming civilians.

"The state counsellor is focusing to calm the situation in Rakhine state".

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"The stance of China regarding the terrorist attacks in Rakhine is clear, it is just an internal affair", the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper quoted China's ambassador, Hong Liang, telling top government officials.

"I urge all countries to do what they can for humanitarian assistance to be provided", Guterres said.

The UN said the Myanmar army's violent crackdown was a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing", and called for "immediate steps" to end the violence.

The Foreign Ministry also called on Myanmar's authorities to take all necessary measures to "stop and prevent violence against innocent Muslims".

A spokesman for the presidential office said Suu Kyi announced she had canceled her trip.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday visited a Rohingya refugee camp, along with a delegation in Kutupalong.

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Instead, the State Department has called for a de-escalation of tensions between security forces and Rohingya militias, and urged Myanmar's government to expand access to humanitarian aid groups and journalists.

Zaw Htay did not use the name Rohingya.

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres today called on Myanmar to suspend military action in the restive Rakhine state from where hundreds and thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh.

The Rohingyas, a mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants.

"The time is now for you to stand for the rights of Rohingya people, with the same vigour and conviction so many around the world stood for yours".

The actions of Myanmar's armed forces are believed to have intensified following the recent attacks, and United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein described them Monday as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". "Myanmar has no right to deny the Rakhaine people as they are their citizens", she added.

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The UN has appealed to the global community to keep aside politics and support the ongoing humanitarian efforts to help Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar.

Aid agencies must step up 'massively' to help Rohingya Muslims