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U.S. calls on Myanmar to allow in humanitarian aid

U.S. calls on Myanmar to allow in humanitarian aid

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is coming under more pressure by the worldwide community to end the violence against the minority Rohingya Muslims.

So far, an estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have fled from the violence affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday.

The mass exodus began August 25, after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar says its security forces are fighting a legitimate campaign against "terrorists" it blames for the attacks on the security forces and for burning homes and civilian deaths.

Over the last few decades, nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims have been living in two registered camps and makeshift settlements bordering Cox's Bazar, fleeing persecution and communal violence.

Bangladeshi authorities have toughened border patrols in a bid to prevent more Rohingyas from entering a country that already hosts an estimated 400,000 Rohingya refugees.

"Of course, our resources are not as complete and adequate as we would like them to be but, still, we try our best and we want to make sure that everyone is entitled to the protection of the law".

"They say living out in open, without protection from the tropical sun with their children, without enough food to eat".

Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been criticized for her response to the violence.

Over a thousand Muslim devotees belonging to the organization Islamic Movement Bangladesh joined a rally in the capital's downtown Paltan area after Friday's noon prayer.

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He explained: "We are receiving constant reports of violence by Myanmar's security forces, including indiscriminate attacks". The UN said in a statement that the wave of hungry and traumatised refugees is "showing no signs of stopping", overwhelming agencies in the Cox's Bazar region already helping hundreds of thousands displaced by previous spasms of conflict in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Within the camps "we are trying our best, but it is very hard because every day we are seeing new arrivals" with nowhere to go, Tan said.

The UN says the Rohingya are one of the most persecuted groups in the world. However, India has been selective in taking refugees in recent years, it is only allowing Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, Hindus from Bangladesh and Pakistan and Tibetan Buddhists from China.

Fisherman Noor Mohammed, 50, said three members of his family in Rakhine were killed a few days ago.

Although the USA has long led the global effort to address human rights abuses and bring democracy to Myanmar, the prospects of Washington leading a new pressure campaign appear slim.

"No country can accuse India of being intolerant or inhuman in dealing with Rohingyas".

The sprawling camps inside Bangladesh have swelled with newcomers like Jamal Hussain, 12, who said his five older brothers were cut down by machine gun fire in Aung Sit Pyin as they ran.

On Friday, the office of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced his government was launching a mission to deliver humanitarian aid to refugee camps clustered along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Around 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya now living in mainly Buddhist Myanmar have been denied citizenship and are classified as illegal immigrants.

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