3mn Rohingya Muslim refugees at Bangladesh: FM

Monday 11 2017 1 month ago 44   Dhaka   Print

Bangladeshi FM A H Mahmood Ali

Report  Web Desk : Dhaka: Bangladesh foreign minister said on that genocide was being waged in Myanmar violence-racked Rakhine state, triggering an exodus of nearly 300,000 Muslim Rohingya to his country.“The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide,” A H.Mahmood Ali told after briefing diplomats in Dhaka. Ali met Western and Arab diplomats and the heads of UN agencies based in Bangladesh to seek support for a political solution and humanitarian aid for the Rohingya. He told the diplomats that some 300,000 Rohingya had fled to Bangladesh in the past two weeks, taking the total number of such refugees in the country to over 700,000. At least two diplomats who attended the briefings said the minister told them as many as 3,000 people may have been killed in the latest round of violence. The United Nations says 294,000 bedraggled and exhausted Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on Aug 25 sparked a major military backlash. Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine. Ali accused Myanmar of running a “malicious propaganda” campaign to term the Rohingya as “illegal migrants from Bangladesh” and the militants as “Bengali terrorists”. He said the Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine are a “mixed group of people” with a history dating back 1,500 years and ancestors included Arab and Indian-origin people.02