UN says 582,000 Rohingya flee

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Rohingya refugees carry a woman after crossing the Naf River as they flee violence in Myanmar to reach Bangladesh. AFP

COX’S BAZAR (AFP) – Some 582,000 Rohingya refugees have now fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since late August, the UN said yesterday, warning that thousands more were still stranded at the border. The UN said between 10,000 and 15,000 new refugees have arrived at the border in the last two days alone, fleeing violence in Myanmar, where Rohingya villages are being burned to the ground. It expressed deep concern about newly arrived refugees including children and elderly people dehydrated and hungry from the long journey who are stranded near the border. One Bangladesh Border Guard official said the new arrivals were being held in an area of no man’s land, although it was not clear why. Spokesman Andrej Mahecic said the UN refugee agency was advocating with the Bangladesh authorities “to urgently admit these refugees fleeing violence and increasingly difficult conditions back home”.

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