Rohingya insurgents attacked several police posts and an army base in Myanmar on August 25.
Dhaka: An estimated 270,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar in the past two weeks and sought refuge
in Bangladesh, where two existing refugee camps are “bursting at the seams”, the UN refugee agency said
“The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted. Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters
that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas,” United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHRC) said in a briefing note for reporters in Geneva.
“The vast majority are women, including mothers with newborn babies, families with children. They
arrive in poor condition, exhausted, hungry and desperate for shelter.”
Rohingya insurgents attacked several police posts and an army base in Myanmar on August 25. The ensuing
clashes and a military counter-offensive have killed at least 400 people and triggered an exodus of
more than 160,000 to neighbouring Bangladesh.
The Rohingya have long been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them
citizenship and regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even if they have lived in the
country for generations.
In updated figures released by the authorities on Thursday, Myanmar said 6,600 Rohingya homes and 201
non-Muslim homes had been burned to the ground since August 25.
They added some 30 civilians had been killed — seven Rohingyas, seven Hindus and 16 Rakhine Buddhists
— in the fighting.