Myanmar death toll surges as 38000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh


"Rohingya villages are being razed in Rakhine state as the Myanmar government steps up nationalist rhetoric", writes Al Jazeera, which says the Burmese military is "systematically going from village to village, looting and destroying everything". PM Modi will hold talks with the top leadership in Myanmar including State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi.

A Rohingya man passes a child though a barbed wire border fence on the border with Bangladesh.

The crackdown by Myanmar forces also sparked a mass evacuation of thousands of Buddhist residents of the area.

Reports of massacres and the systematic torching of villages by security forces - as well as by militants - have further amplified tensions, raising fears that communal violence in Rakhine is spinning out of control. Thousands of Rohingya had sought unsuccessfully to flee from the Myanmar side.

An aid worker with an worldwide agency in Bangladesh reports: "What we're seeing is that many Rohingya people are sick".

But the journey was arduous - and many Rohingya did not make it, turned back at the border by Bangladeshi soldiers.

"Many children have been killed", he told BuzzFeed News from Geneva, "many women, many elderly".

A group of Rohingya refugees takes shelter at the Kutuupalang makeshift refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called on Bangladesh to open its borders to the Rohingyas to enable a humanitarian corridor.

Speaking to media in Istanbul on Friday at the first day of the Eid al-Adha, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stated that hundreds of Rohinghya Muslims were killed, their villages were burnt and 20,000 stranded people have been crossing into Bangladesh by leaving their homes behind.

"The police arrested 71 Rohingya from inside Bangladesh and later on handed them to us", said Manzurul Hassan Khan.

"As Burmese security forces act to prevent further violence, they have a responsibility to adhere to worldwide humanitarian law, which includes refraining from attacking innocent civilians and humanitarian workers and ensuring assistance reaches those in need", Haley said.

"Some new arrivals have clothes with them, some even have kitchen utensils, but most leave everything behind. They also seem traumatized by what they have been through", Tan told DW.

Rohingya community self-identify as a distinct ethnic group, with their own language and culture, and claim a long- standing connection to Rakhine State in Myanmar.

About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in Myanmar's Rakhine state, but they are denied citizenship and are seen by many officials there as "illegal immigrants". The affliction of statelessness in an era of the modern nation-states means that the Rohingya are barred from the privilege of state education and are often the target of violence.