U.S. to provide $32 million in aid to Rohingya fleeing Myanmar

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A top Saudi relief official called Thursday for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and let them live in peace.

The violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar amounted to genocide and the world must get together to stop it, says actor-activist Shabana Azmi.

"We are working heavily to help the refugees in Bangladesh", he said.

The current crisis began in late August after Rohingya militants attacked security outposts in the western state of Rakhine, home to most of Myanmar's Rohingya population.

The UN human rights chief has described the systematic attacks against the Rohingya minority by the security forces as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

On Wednesday, US Vice President Mike Pence accused the Myanmar military of responding to militant attacks "with awful savagery, burning villages, driving the Rohingya from their homes". The worldwide community, for its part, should extend support to Rohingya refugees living in harsh conditions.

"Many of the Rohingya figure in the suspected sinister designs of ISI/ISIS and other extremists groups who want to achieve their ulterior motives in India, including that of flaring up communal and sectarian violence in sensitive areas of the country", the government claimed in its affidavit.

Van Thio did not use the term Rohingya, referring to them simply as Muslims.


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Talking to reporters here, Owaisi said Chakmas had from Bangladesh similarly and they were given Indian citizenship.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared New Delhi's concerns over the situation in Rakhine during a meeting with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi when he visited Nay Pyi Taw earlier this month.

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly denounced the United Nations probe as unhelpful and vowed that her government would not cooperate with it.

"The issue of national security is involved with regard to illegal immigration which our country can't undermine", he said.

Amid urgent calls from the United Nations for humanitarian access this week, Myanmar insisted the crisis was easing.

He said there have been no clashes since September 5 in Rakhine, where the military has been accused of burning scores of villages to the ground sending terrified Rohingya villagers fleeing.

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