October 17, 2017
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Unending violence
Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis A fresh outbreak of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state has caused hundreds of thousands of Rohingya civilians to flee to Bangladesh. Tens of thousands of Rohingya are fleeing for their lives after an escalation of violence against them in Rakhine, the poorest state of Myanmar. A tide of displaced people are seeking refuge from atrocities-they are fleeing both on foot and by boat to Bangladesh. Rejected by the country they call home and unwanted by its neighbours, the Rohingya are virtually stateless and have been fleeing Myanmar for decades. More than 400,000 have fled from Rakhine to neighbouring Bangladesh amid a military crackdown, launched shortly after attack on police posts by Rohingya militants in the last week of August this year. The military says its operations are aimed at rooting out terrorists and has repeatedly denied targeting civilians. However, the Burmese military is widely accused of committing atrocities amounting to ethnic cleansing. They are accused of rapes, killings and house burnings, which the government of Myanmar has claimed are "false" and "distorted". Rohingya people are trying to escape violence, following a military counter-offensive against Rohingya militants who attacked police posts. The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) operates in Rakhine state in northern Myanmar, where the mostly-Muslim Rohingya people have faced persecution. The Myanmar government has
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