Amid Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Myanmar's Head Suu Kyi Skips UN Assembly

Amid Rohingya Refugee Crisis, Myanmar's Head Suu Kyi Skips UN Assembly”

The advocacy group is releasing a new analysis of video, satellite photos, witness accounts and other data that found over 80 sites were torched in northern Rakhine State since an August 25 militant attack on a border post.

One million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar could enter Bangladesh by the end of the year, the United Nations said Thursday.

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

But the authorities have denied that the security forces, or Buddhist civilians, have been setting the fires and have blamed the insurgents instead.

It was unclear whether Murphy would be visiting Rakhine State, and Zaw Htay declined to say whether any request by the U.S. diplomat would be accepted.

Images purportedly showing atrocities against the Rohingya have flooded Muslim-majority Bangladesh's social media, triggering sympathy and protests by thousands of supporters of hardline Islamist parties.

The 15-member UNSC held a closed-door meeting at the request of Sweden and Britain on Wednesday, the second time the global body met to address the escalating Rohingya crisis.

"The humanitarian situation is catastrophic", said Mr Guterres.

Al Qaeda has called on Islamists to rise up and "punish" Buddhist Myanmar for its deadly security crackdown against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, US-based terrorist tracking group SITE Intelligence reported on Wednesday.

The statement is the first time the Security Council has commented on Myanmar in nine years, according to British Ambassador to the UN Matthew Rycroft.

The UN Security Council and Secretary General have expressed serious concerns over the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar urging the government to act swiftly.

Police have already detained Rohingyas in Chittagong's Patenga, Chandgaon, Bakolia, Hathazari and Sitakunda areas and sent them back to Cox's Bazar.

The country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been criticised by former supporters in the West for failing to do enough to prevent the violence in Rakhine state.

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