Over 6700 Rohingya Muslims killed in first month of Myanmar Crackdown: MSF

The United Nations has described the attacks on the minority community in Myanmar as ethnic cleansing.

Over 6700 Rohingya Muslims killed in first month of Myanmar Crackdown: MSF

More than 6700 Rohingya Muslims died because of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state between August 25 and September 24, the latest report from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has stated. The report was based on interviews with the refugees, and many have fled to nearby countries like Bangladesh.

Rohingyas are stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine state in Myanmar and are categorized as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Ever since the latest flare-up of violence against the community in Myanmar this year, over 500,000 Rohingyas have fled the state, pouring into Bangladesh in search of refuge.

Rohingya refugees, from Busidong Gudanpara in Myanmar, left their village August 28 when the Myanmar military opened fire into houses and killed and arrested people. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

MSF said that at least 9,000 Rohingya died during the first few months of the military crackdown, and more than 71 percent of the reported deaths were caused due to violence. Out of 6,700 Rohingyas who were killed in the attacks, at least 730 are believed to be children below the age of five years.





The latest string of violence in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state began on August 25 when Rohingya insurgents reportedly attacked various police posts and an army base. A military counter-offensive and clashes led to a loss of at least 400 lives and initiated an exodus of the villagers in the region to Bangladesh. 

The United Nations has described the attacks on the minority community in Myanmar as ethnic cleansing. 

Recently arrived Rohingya refugees cross into mainland Bangladesh from Shah Porir Dwip November 24, 2017 (Getty Images)

"We met and spoke with survivors of violence in Myanmar, who are now sheltering in overcrowded and unsanitary camps in Bangladesh," Sidney Wong, MSF Medical Director, said in a statement.

"What we uncovered was staggering, both in terms of the numbers of people who reported a family member died as a result of violence and the horrific ways in which they said they were killed or severely injured," Wong added.

He also said that the "peak in deaths coincides with the launch of the latest 'clearance operations' by Myanmar security forces in the last week of August."

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