Thousands of Rohingya flee after deadly attacks in restive Rakhine state
August 26th, 2017 at 4:48 pm
Thousands of Rohingya flee after deadly attacks in restive Rakhine state

Dhaka – Several thousand Rohingya Muslims have gathered on the bank of Naf river to cross into Bangladesh after attacks in Myanmar’s Rakhine state left at least 90 people killed, officials and witnesses said on Saturday.

Television footages showed many women, children and elderly people, who were drove from their homes after Friday’s mayhem, have been waiting to cross the river.

But troopers from Border Guard Bangladesh keep an eye to prevent them from crossing into Bangladesh territory.

Myanmar government said that at least 24 police posts in the Rakhine state were attended by the Rohingya insurgents early on Friday leaving 12 security-men killed.

The police, in retaliation, killed 77 people, who the security officials identify as Rohingya militants.

One person, who crossed into Bangladesh after he received bullet-wounds, died in a hospital in Chittagong. Two others are undergoing treatment at a charity-run hospital in Kutupalong Rohingya camp of Cox’s Bazar district.

Hafez Ullah, a Rohingya refugee in the camp, said the funeral prayer of the 22-year young man was conducted at the playground inside the camp area.

Mynamar government said the “extremist Bengalee” rebels attacked a police station at Maudang with a hand grenade. At the same time they attacked in many police posts at the dead night.

According to media reports, Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) claimed responsible for the attack. The ARSA was previously known as Harakah Al-yaqin that attacked a police camp in last October.

Communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state face a “real risk” of radicalisation if ethnic tensions are not addressed, reports a UN independent commissions led by former UN chief  Kofi Annan adding that a response combining political, security and developmental initiatives is needed to ensure violence does not escalate.

According to a BBC report, the government of Myanmar defines the Rohingas as “Bangalee”. The Burmese government do not recognize them as Burmese citizens rather they consider them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

But history says, Rohingyas have been living in the Rakhine state since the country’s independence in July 1947.

Clashes between the majority Buddhists and minority Muslims are a daily phenomenon in the Burmese state of Rakhine. The recent attack escalates the tensions among the Myanmar government, the Rohingyas and the Rakhines.