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MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar

Sun Online Desk     14th December, 2017 12:02:40 printer

MSF estimates more than 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar



At least 6,700 Rohingya were killed in the month after violence broke out in Myanmar in August, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) says.


Based on surveys of refugees in Bangladesh, the number is much higher than Myanmar's official figure of 400.


MSF said it was "the clearest indication yet of the widespread violence" by Myanmar authorities.


The Myanmar military blames the violence on "terrorists" and has denied any wrongdoing.


More than 647,000 Rohingya have fled into Bangladesh since August, MSF says.


The aid group's survey found that at least 9,000 Rohingya died in Myanmar, also known as Burma, between 25 August and 24 September.


"In the most conservative estimations" at least 6,700 of those deaths have been caused by violence, including at least 730 children under the age of five, according to MSF.


Previously, the armed forces stated that around 400 people had been killed, most of them described as Muslim terrorists.


The military crackdown began on 25 August after Rohingya Arsa militants attacked more than 30 police posts.


According to MSF:


69% of the violence-related deaths were caused by gunshots


9% were due to being burnt to death in their houses


5% were beaten to death.


Among the dead children below the age of five, MSF says more than 59% were reportedly shot, 15% burnt to death, 7% beaten to death and 2% killed by landmine blasts.


In November, Bangladesh signed a deal with Myanmar to return hundreds of thousands of the refugees.


MSF said the agreement was "premature" pointing out that "currently people are still fleeing" and reports of violence have come even in recent weeks.


The group also warned there was still very limited access for aid groups into Rakhine state, reports BBC.