Suu Kyi says Myanmar 'trying to protect all citizens' amid humanitarian crisis

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Suu Kyi says Myanmar 'trying to protect all citizens' amid humanitarian crisis

The violence began on 25 August when Rohingya militants attacked police posts in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state.

"I think we can't even imagine for a second what it's like when your citizenship, your right to live in a country, is completely denied", said Malala.

Suu Kyi blamed "terrorists" for "a huge iceberg of misinformation" and said authorities were trying to "take care of everybody". The group does not appear to have been able to put up significant resistance against the military force unleashed in Myanmar's northwestern Rakhine state.

Expressing regret over the continued killing of innocent civilians, Al Salami stressed that what is happening in Myanmar against the Rohingyas is a "systematic ethnic and religious cleansing", especially of women and children, and the world stands as an "eyewitness".

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According to the latest estimates issued by United Nations workers operating there, arrivals in just 12 days stood at 146,000.

The refugees say their villages are being raided and burned by the country's security forces and by extremists who call themselves Buddhist nationals. Myanmar's army says it has killed almost 400 militants so far in its "clearance operations", while some Rohingya refugees have complained they were forced to fight by ARSA. Thousands of displaced Muslims have fled to Bangladesh in search of shelter and protection.

Citing the two refugee camps in Cox's Bazar in south-east Bangladesh - home to almost 34,000 Rohingya refugees before this influx, UNHCR said the population has more than doubled in two weeks, totaling more than 70,000 and called urgent need for more land and shelters.

Rohingya fighters in Myanmar have declared a month-long unilateral ceasefire in their fight against the army to enable aid groups to address a humanitarian crisis in Rakhine state.

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Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate for her long struggle against military rule, has come under increasing global criticism for the plight of the Rohingya.

"There is now an urgent need for 60,000 new shelters, as well as food, clean water and health services, including specialist mental health services and support for survivors of sexual violence".

But who are the Rohingya people, and why have they been forced to leave their homes?

Bangladeshi border guards and villagers have told the BBC that they witnessed more than 100 Myanmar soldiers walking by and apparently planting landmines at the border.

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The IRGC, the statement said, regards supporting the oppressed Myanmar Muslims and bringing the world attention to their plight as "the historic and inevitable responsibility of all nations and communities".

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