“Genocide” being waged in Rakhine: Bangladesh FM

Sep 11, 2017, 5:05 AM EDT
(Source: European Commission DG ECHO/flickr)
(Source: European Commission DG ECHO/flickr)

Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Mahmood Ali has called violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state “genocide,” urging the global community and the U.N. agencies to provide a political solution and humanitarian assistance to the victims of unrest.

Over 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed borders to take refuge in Bangladeshi camps following Myanmar’s crackdown on insurgents after security forces were targeted on August 25, writes Al Jazeera.      

In a separate development, Myanmar government rebuffed Rohingya fighters’ ceasefire declaration, saying that the country doesn’t negotiate with terrorists. Aung San Suu Kyi’s government has drawn flak for its sweeping military action in the region that has resulted in the death of more than 3,000 civilians, notes The Nation.