28 Aug 2017

Over a thousand Rohingyas flee into Bangladesh

Thousands of people have fled their homes following two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the state of Rakhine, in western Myanmar.

About a thousand of the Muslim Rohingya minority forced their way over the border into Bangladesh from north western Myanmar – also known as Burma – after coming under fire from Burmese soldiers.

Violence erupted when Rohingya insurgents attacked 30 police stations on the 25th of August, marking a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October last year.