United Nations fears 'further exodus' of Muslim Rohingya

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The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army extremist terrorists launched attacks on police outposts in Myanmar's Rakhine State on August 25, displacing a vast number of residents to border areas with Bangladesh. Asked for comments, a government spokesperson said: "We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists".

The refugee crisis erupted after ARSA raids on Myanmar police posts on August 25.

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali had told the press in Dhaka Monday that a meeting with U Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar's union minister for the office of the state counsellor, was cordial and they agreed to form a joint panel to oversee the repatriation of th4e Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Rakhine state to Bangladesh in the recent weeks.

IOM, the United Nations migration agency, this week appealed to the global community for US$120 million through March to provide desperately needed aid to Rohingyas who have flooded into Cox's Bazar over the past six weeks.

The Bangladesh government revealed earlier this week about 5,000 Rohingay Muslims are crossing the border daily.

Hard-pressed Bangladesh authorities plan to expand a refugee camp at Kutupalong near the border town of Cox's Bazar to accommodate all the Rohingya.

Rohingya refugees and rights groups have accused the army of setting the fires with the help of Buddhist vigilante mobs. An equal number of Rohingya Muslims have previously fled Burma since 1978.

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In response, the military drove over half a million Rohingya villagers into Bangladesh, attacking the north of the Rakhine State in what the United Nations has branded "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

The civilians who crossed the border said that the Burmese army brutalized the Muslims.

The UN resident coordinator in capital Dhaka, Robert Watkins, said Bangladesh should look for new sites for the upcoming refugee camps instead of expanding the existing one.

Bangladesh had then said it would call the worldwide community for a verification process supervised by the UN.

An estimated 2,000 Rohingyas are arriving in Bangladesh a day, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

According to the IOM, the proposed camp will be the world's largest, dwarfing Bidi Bidi in Uganda and Dadaab in Kenya, which both house around 300,000 refugees.

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