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6,700 Rohingya killed in ‘first month of violence’

Yangon, Thursday

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

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.

This well-researched figure by MSF suggests the operation conducted by the military was brutal enough to raise the possibility of taking a case to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity.

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

6,700 Rohingya killed in ‘first month of violence’After an internal investigation, the Myanmar army in November exonerated itself of any blame regarding the crisis. -BBC

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