Rohingya try to enter Bangladesh to flee Myanmar violence

A BGB personnel stands guard the Rohingya refugges in Ghumdhum in Naikhyangchhari upazila of Bandarban

Bangladesh extended the proposal as thousands of ethnic minority Muslim Rohingyas continued to flee their home to take refuge in the neighbouring country while reports suggests that more than 100 people were killed in the crackdown launched by the Myanmar's army against militants. They said many Rohingya men and youths stayed behind to fight.

Myanmar authorities have previously said they have links to militants trained by the Pakistani Taliban. There were already around an estimated 400,000 Rohingya in Bangladesh before insurgent attacks in Rakhine last October sparked brutal reprisals by security forces that led to another 87,000 fleeing Myanmar.

Dhaka has responded by stepping up border controls and pushing back hundreds of Rohingya who try to enter, although some have still managed to evade the guards.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh detained and forcibly returned 70 Rohingya to Myanmar, within hours after Myanmar troops opened fire on villagers fleeing the country, Bangladesh police sources said Sunday.

Though media recorded the killing of almost 100 people, sources from Rohingya reported the killing of at least 800 people belonging to the Muslim minority which included men, women and children in the violence.

The Myanmar government says the death toll from violence due to coordinated attacks by Rohingya guerrillas has risen to 98 people, with 80 militants and 12 members of the security forces. The Bangladesh government is furious that Myanmar authorities are officially referring to Arsa and other Rohingyas involved in the fighting as "extremist Bengali terrorists".

Francis has regularly spoken out in defence of the Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim group in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.

Clashes were continuing last Sunday, with witnesses contacted by phone in the northern Rakhine town of Maungdaw saying they could hear gunshots.

The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative has asked the home affairs ministry to withdraw its advisory on deportation of Rohingya Muslims.

Many Myanmar Buddhists regard the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite their long ties to the area.

"We received sad news of the persecutions of the religious minority, our brother Rohingya", he said.

On Thursday a panel led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan which she commissioned released a report on how peace can be brought back to Rakhine.

According to the Rohingya residents of the Balukhali camp, Bangladesh law enforcers have threatened them not to provide shelter to any newcomers or else they would be "evicted, fined and deported".

The death toll from ongoing clashes between Myanmar's troops and the so-called advocates of the persecuted Rohingya Muslims has reached almost 100, as thousands of desperate Muslims recently entered the neighboring Bangladesh, fleeing from intensified crackdown on the minority by Buddhist mobs and security forces over recent attacks on police outposts.

The note said, "Article 21 of the Constitution guarantees the "right to life" to all persons and not just Indian citizens".

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