Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

More than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh since August 25 when Rohingya insurgent attacks on security forces prompted a military crackdown and reprisals by majority Buddhists.

The pro-government protesters said they had suffered as a result of the attacks, adding the insurgent attacks were attempts to take over the Rakhine state.

Rights monitors and fleeing Rohingya say the army and Rakhine Buddhist vigilantes have mounted a campaign of arson aimed at driving out the Muslim population.

The mostly Muslim Rohingya are a minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine state.

"People thought the aid was only for the Bengalis", the secretary of the state government, Tin Maung Swe, told Reuters.

Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said he will raise the issue at the current U.N. General Assembly.

The boat was being loaded with relief supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Rakhine's capital, Sittwe, on Wednesday night when a mob gathered.

The Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

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The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to threaten Myanmar with punitive sanctions if it does not end the atrocities in Rakhine State which is described as "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" by the UN. "We must ensure that the ancestral land of the Rohingyas is restored", he said.

Lawyer Prashant Bhushan, representing the Rohingya at the Supreme Court hearing, said the Indian constitution "provides equal rights and liberty to every person" including non-citizens.

A spokeswoman for the European Union said immediate priorities were a cessation of violence and full access to all humanitarian aid workers.

Myanmar's government is facing mounting global criticism for its response to the Rohingya crisis.

The UN agency said it trained 35 midwives to work in crisis situations while they were attending to women and girls in the two government-run refugee camps in Cox's Bazar over the past few weeks and providing emergency services including for STDs and caring for pregnant women and young mothers.

Van Thio echoed Suu Kyi's speech to diplomats in Myanmar on Tuesday, that "the great majority" of the Muslim population chose to remain in their villages and that the situation has improved. "The worldwide community must extend full support to Government of Myanmar in its efforts".

Officials of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) said many Rohingyas were suffering from diarrhoea, acute respiratory throat infection, pneumonia, chronic skin disease called "psoriasis" and fever.

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