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Up to 18,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar violence last week - migration agency IOM
August 30, 2017 / 6:17 AM / a month ago

Up to 18,000 Rohingya fled Myanmar violence last week - migration agency IOM

Rohingya people pass their belongings over the Bangladesh-Myanmar border fence as they try to enter Bangladesh in Bandarban, an area under Cox's Bazar authority, Bangladesh, August 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain

COX‘S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - About 18,000 Rohingya Muslims are estimated to have crossed into Bangladesh in the last week, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Wednesday, seeking to escape the worst violence in Myanmar’s northwest in at least five years.

A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar’s Rakhine state on Friday and ensuing clashes triggered the exodus, while the government evacuated thousands of Rakhine Buddhists.

The IOM said it was difficult to estimate the number of people stranded in the no man’s land at the border between the neighbours, but added there were “hundreds and hundreds” of people stuck there.

Reporting by Reuters staff; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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