September 1, 2017 / 5:46 AM / 7 months ago

Nearly 40,000 Rohingya fled escalating Myanmar fighting: U.N. sources

REUTERS - Around 38,000 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar, United Nations sources working in Bangladesh’s southern district of Cox’s Bazar said on Friday.

Rohingya refugees stand in an open area with their belongings during heavy rain as they are held by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after illegally crossing the border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, August 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

The estimate comes a week after Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and an army base in Rakhine state, prompting clashes and a military counteroffensive.

Reporting by Reuters staff; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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