Sunday, 27 August 2017

Myanmar Rakhine: Thousands flee to Bangladesh border

Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the state of Rakhine in Myanmar.

Members of the Muslim Rohingya minority escaped to the border with Bangladesh but Bangladeshi border guards are turning them back.

Fighting erupted when Rohingya fighters attacked 30 police stations on Friday and clashes continued on Saturday.

Pope Francis has appealed for an end to persecution of the Rohingya people.

They face severe restrictions inside mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where tensions with the majority population have been rumbling for years.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya fled to Bangladesh previously, accusing the Myanmar authorities of ethnic persecution.

BBC     News.

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