More Rohingya refugees flee Myanmar

Tens of thousands more Rohingya people have crossed by boat and on foot into Bangladesh in the last 24 hours as they flee violence in western Myanmar.

The UNHCR Refugee Agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan said today that roughly 60,000 have arrived in Bangladesh since the violence erupted on 25th August.

Both Myanmar’s security officials and insurgents from the Rohingya ethnic minority are accusing each other of burning down villages and committing atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. The military has said nearly 400 people, most of them insurgents, have died in armed clashes.

The violence has triggered a flood of refugees crossing mostly on foot into Bangladesh, though some were fleeing in wooden boats.

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