Bangladesh forces back scores of Rohingya despite Myanmar violence


Bangladeshi border guards have recovered two dozen bodies from the country's shore in the last two days, as tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims flee violence in Myanmar.

Bangladeshi authorities intercepted, detained and forcibly returned Rohingya civilians fleeing along their border with Myanmar despite ongoing fighting between Myanmar's security forces and Rohingya militias. Sahany said the Rohingya crisis was not an issue between Myanmar and Bangladesh but of global concern.

At least 110 people, including 11 state officials, have been confirmed dead since then and thousands of Rohingya have poured across the border to Bangladesh despite Dhaka's attempts to stop them.

Rescuers retrieved 17 bodies from the river on Thursday while four others were recovered on Wednesday after three boats overturned in the waters while the Rohingya were trying to cross into Bangladesh.

Myanmar nationalists use the term Bengali for Rohingya because of a belief they migrated illegally from Bangladesh, even though many families have been in Myanmar for generations.

Local government representative Nurul Amin said two boats sank after the midnight Wednesday. He called on the global community and rights groups to apply pressure on the Myanmar government.

One arrival, Mohammed Rashid, 45, wore a surgical dressing under his eye, saying bullet splinters injured him after the Myanmar army opened fire on a group of Rohingya.

Bangladesh has forcibly returned 70 Rohignya Muslims to Myanmar as hundreds of people flee the violence triggered by Islamists in Rakhine state.

Myanmar security forces have been clashing with the Rohingya since August 25, when Rohingya insurgents attacked police outposts. "The Rohingyas are all coming across to escape", he said. "And it seems to be spreading from south to north". There have been numerous eyewitness accounts of summary executions, rapes, and arson attacks by security forces against the Muslims since the crackdown began. Monitors said there have been few, if any, insurgent attacks reported since Friday's initial offensive.

Members of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority wait to enter the Kutupalong makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017.

In a telephone call to the Secretary General, Erdogan stressed the vital importance of urgent intervention by the United Nations and the global community to stop the crisis. Bangladesh has insisted it lacks resources to care for them.