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Al Qaeda urges 'punishment' for Myanmar over Rohingyas' fate

Al Qaeda urges 'punishment' for Myanmar over Rohingyas' fate”

In the statement, the first the UN's most powerful body has made in nine years on the situation in Rakhine State, the 15-member council acknowledged militant attacks on Myanmar security forces but "condemned the subsequent violence", and called for "immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine".

"The savage treatment meted out to our Muslim brothers ... shall not pass without punishment", the jihadist terror network said in a statement, according to SITE.

Such rumors have been fuelled by government warnings many see as part of policy to generate tension and provide a rationale for the crackdown in Rakhine.

Ali told diplomats that unofficial sources had put the Rohingya death-toll from the latest unrest in Rakhine at around 3,000, amid reports of the burning of Rohingya villages and extrajudicial killings by Myanmar's security forces and Buddhist mobs.

This is probably because the world has this time been totally convinced of what the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), had concluded in its 2015 report that "the Rohingya faces the final stages of genocide".

While Assam shares a 262 km border with Bangladesh, three other northeastern States - Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland - are also front-line States.

Secretary General Antonio Guterres said the situation in the country's western Rakhine state was best described as ethnic cleansing.

The Rohingya have faced repression since the 1970s, but more intensively since 2011, when the government transformed from a military administration to a civilian one.

Aid agencies have said thousands of Rohingya were half-starving and a major health emergency could break out unless order is restored in aid management.

It said it had detected at least 80 major fires in inhabited areas since 25 August, following attacks on police posts by the rebel Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa).

Thousands of protesters in Dhaka urged Bangladesh's government to go to war over the issue, while a rally in Pretoria, South Africa, by hundreds of people turned violent with police firing stun grenades to disperse an angry crowd.

The Indonesian airlift occurred a day after the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) chartered a Boeing 777 to deliver 100 tons of supplies, including shelter material, jerry cans, blankets, sleeping mats and other essential items for 25,000 refugees.

In southeastern Bangladesh earlier in the day, the group of 46 diplomats headed to the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, after landing at Cox's Bazar airport. This could be seen in the closure of mosques, the denial of identity papers and even the creation of "Muslim-free zones".

The Assam Chief Minister, however, refused to spell out his government's position.

The Rohingya are a minority group largely based in Rakhine.

An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing by boat through the Bay of Bengal. Human Rights Watch describes the Rohingya as one of the largest stateless populations in the world.

With pressure mounting on Suu Kyi to take action, her office said she had cancelled a trip to the upcoming UN General Assembly to deal with the crisis.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called on Myanmar to take the Rohingya refugees back.



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