In Myanmar : US warns against civilian attacks as 17 drown fleeing violence

21 dead after Rohingya boats capsized in Naf

21 dead after Rohingya boats capsized in Naf

The Myanmar government says its security forces are carrying out clearance operations in northern Rakhine to defend the country against "extremist terrorists".

They died after two rickety boats capsized as they fled a Myanmar army counteroffensive that followed Rohingya insurgent attacks on security forces last week.

The WFP said it takes food diversions very seriously and has asked the government to provide further information to help it trace where the parcels were originally sent. As of Thursday, less than a week after the clashes erupted, the confirmed casualties totaled at least 110, including dozens of militants, 12 security officials and an unknown number of civilians.

In Buddhist-majority Myanmar, Rohingya residents are subject to discrimination, prompting some of them to take up arms to attack police and military facilities.

Haji Abdul Malek, a leader in Kanjarpara village, said some 3,000 Rohingyas entered Bangladesh through Kanjarpara point of the Naf River on Wednesday and Thursday night.

Fires broke out in several parts of Rakhine State last week.

The government blames Rohingya insurgents and their sympathizers for the continuing violence.

Retno also urged the global community to continue cooperating with Myanmar authorities "in a constructive manner" and with "the objective to assist its humanitarian situation". Thousands of Buddhists from Rakhine were evacuated since the start of the fighting, it said.

"The worsening cycle of violence is of grave concern and must be broken urgently", she added.

About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims live in Myanmar's Rakhine state, but they are denied citizenship and are seen by many officials in Myanmar as "illegal immigrants".

New recruits are being trained and armed in the hillsides across the border in Myanmar's Rakhine State, Omar said, where a week of bloody conflict has left at least 110 confirmed dead and driven almost 20,000 civilians into Bangladesh.

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) on Friday morning recovered 16 bodies of Rohingya people from different points of the Naf river and Shahparir Dwip in Teknaf upazila of Cox's Bazar district.

Bangladesh security forces have also detained 75 Rohingya refugees, including women and children, when they were trying to cross the border into Bangladesh. Bangladesh also rejects them.

Calls to the President's Office and Myanmar's army went unanswered on Friday and the allegations could not be independently verified by AFP in an area which off-limits to reporters and has become a vortex of claims and counter-claims by the opposing sides.

Hundreds of people have been stranded in a no man's land at the countries' border, the International Organization for Migration said. They say funding for enough rice to feed all the people who have crossed since October "may be problematic".

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