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Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh home minister may go to Myanmar in October

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Published: 2017-10-08 22:26:32

More than half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar's army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces in late August.

More than half a million Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh since a counter-insurgency offensive by Myanmar's army in the wake of militant attacks on security forces in late August.

 

The UN has described Myanmar's strategy as "ethnic cleansing".

Bangladesh was already home to 400,000 Rohingya refugees before insurgents attacked 30 police outposts and an army base in the western state on Aug 25.

"The visit was scheduled way earlier, but in the meantime the situation in Myanmar has changed. It may happen this month," Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the media in Dhaka.

International aid agencies say some 515,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh in six weeks since the end of August and the United Nations said it was bracing for a possible 'further exodus'.

Bangladesh initially kept its border closed after violence broke out in Myanmar's western Rakhine, but later decided to open it up to Rohingyas on humanitarian grounds.