17 bodies recovered as another Rohingya boat capsizes

Eighteen bodies washed ashore in Bangladesh on Friday, according to Bangladeshi border officials, lifting the toll over the last two days to 41.

The Supreme Court is likely to hear on Monday (September 4) a plea seeking to restrain the government from deporting 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees back to Myanmar.

"We did not have guns so we attacked them like a swarm of hornets shouting "Allahu Akbar" wielding our sticks and machetes", Omar told AFP of one raid, using a pseudonym to protect his identity.

"Most of the soldiers got scared and ran for their lives". Advocates for the Rohingya, an oppressed Muslim minority in overwhelmingly Buddhist Myanmar, say hundreds of Rohingya civilians have been killed by security forces.

The Rohingyas, who fled to India after violence in the Western Rakhine State of Myanmar, have settled in Jammu, Hyderabad, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi-NCR and Rajasthan.


The Muslim community has been under a military siege in Rakhine since October 2016. Thousands of people have been the victims of these clashes in recent years.

The emergence of organized militancy proved a game-changer for Rakhine, a restive state beset by religious violence since 2012, analysts say. But others died trying to flee burning villages.

But beyond basic training with some Kalashnikov assault rifles and other firearms, Omar said newcomers had to make do with a meagre cache of basic weapons.

"They have been sheltered in an abandoned poultry farm there". They claim to be the victims of Myanmar military offensive. Over the past decade, the world has seen waves of Rohingya attempting to flee Burma.

Bangladesh has recently stopped thousands of Rohingyas on the border, saying it is no longer capable of hosting the refugees.


The dead included both Rohingya insurgents and government forces.

On Tuesday, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told Myanmar that its security forces must refrain from attacking civilians and aid workers in its response to attacks by Rohingya militants in Rakhine State.

Most of Burma's estimated 1 million Rohingya Muslims live in northern Rakhine state. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi strongly condemned the attacks.

Speaking to reporters in northwestern Kocaeli province, another Deputy Prime Minister Fikri Işık said that it is unacceptable that the world is "unfortunately blind and deaf to these persecutions".

A human rights group, Fortify Rights, said Friday that witnesses who escaped have supported accusations by Rohingya advocates that government security personnel and civilian vigilantes "committed mass killings of Rohingya Muslim men, women, and children in Chut Pyin village, Rathedaung township, on August 27".


More than 400 Hindus from Rakhine have also crossed into Bangladesh, after armed men attacked their village, killing and looting.


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