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Thousands more Rohingya Muslims cross border into Bangladesh

The UNHCR video shot on Monday shows thousands upon thousands of Rohingya Muslims trudging along a narrow strip of land alongside what appears to a rain-swollen creek in the Palong Khali area in southern Bangladesh.

By: AP | Cox's Bazar | Published: October 17, 2017 1:56 pm
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Thousands more Rohingya Muslims are continuing to fleeing large-scale violence and persecution in Myanmar and crossing into Bangladesh where more than half a million others are already living in squalid and overcrowded camps to escape large-scale violence, according to witnesses and drone footage shot by the UN office for refugees.

The UNHCR video shot on Monday shows thousands upon thousands of Rohingya Muslims trudging along a narrow strip of land alongside what appears to a rain-swollen creek in the Palong Khali area in southern Bangladesh. The line of refugees in the footage stretches for a few kilometers.

Witnesses say that a new wave of refugees started crossing the border over the weekend. An Associated Press photographer saw thousands of newcomers stretching for several kilometers near one border crossing Tuesday.

Several said that they were stopped by Bangladeshi border guards and spent the night in muddy rice fields.

Local government administrator Mohammad Mikaruzzman said today that he heard that some 20,000 people have arrived since Sunday crossing the border on foot or by boat at several points. According to the UN some 537,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence erupted their August 25.

The exodus has continued, with a few small breaks, over the last eight weeks.

The new arrivals, almost all terrified and starving, have described scenes of incredible violence with army troops and mobs of Buddhist locals attacking Rohingya homes. The UN has described the violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state as “textbook ethnic cleansing.”

More recent refugees have also said the Rohingya were being starved in a bid to make them leave.

A woman who spoke to The Associated Press today after her arrival said they had had no food to eat.

“We came here two nights ago with lot of difficulties. It took us eight days to reach here,” said Anjuma, who gave just one name.

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    Praveen
    Oct 18, 2017 at 5:32 am
    Today they have crossed into Bangladesh, tomorrow they will be crossing into India, as is being done now.
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      RAM
      Oct 17, 2017 at 10:47 pm
      SEND THEM TO CHINA OR PAKISTAN OR SAUDI ARABIA.THEY CAN GO TO HELL.
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        rddy
        Oct 17, 2017 at 2:36 pm
        Millions of Hindus and Sikhs were killed and raped in paakistan and Bangladesh during 1947 par ion, the refugee caravans coming from paakistan to India stretched for 30 kilometers .this was described by British authors ,nobody cared for Hindus then and even now ,they want Muslims to settle in India ,so that they can breed like piigs and demand one more par ion, wake up Hindus ,other wise , you donot have any country left to migrate, Muslims got 57 countries
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          Mo
          Oct 17, 2017 at 11:22 pm
          Why are you showing so much hatred towards impoverished people, they are not asking you for help, Bangladesh is coping with more than a million refugees they are not complaining. Just keep your hatred to yourselves and keep your pigs to yourselves and look who are breeding like rabbits and pigs. The most populous country in the world is Hindustan. Smell your own pooh first then talk about others.
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