Thousands of Rohingyas seek safety in Bangladesh as clashes in Myanmar intensify
Rohingya Muslims face discrimination in Myanmar. The government in Myanmar calls them illegal immigrants and denies citizenship rights to them. (Representative image) Photograph: (Reuters)
Around 9,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled north-west Myanmar, which has been hit by violence triggered by coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar's security forces.
Many are still stuck at the Bangladesh border hoping to flee the violence-hit Rakhine state.
Authorities in Myanmar have evacuated thousands of Rohingya Buddhists.
United Nations, while taking note of the violence, asked the Myanmar government to protect civilian lives without discrimination, Reuters said in a report.
In one of the worst incidents of violence in Myanmar involving Rohingyas, 109 people have been killed so far in the clashes.
"The situation is very terrifying, houses are burning, all the people ran away from their homes, parents and children were divided, some were lost, some are dead," Reuters quoted one of the Rohingyas as saying.
Rohingya Muslims face discrimination in Myanmar. The government in Myanmar calls them illegal immigrants and denies citizenship rights to them.