313,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh says UN spokesman

Vastavam web: The number of Rohingya who have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August 25 has reached 313,000, a UN spokesman said today.The estimate came from Joseph Tripura, a spokesman for the UN refugee agency.The United Nations and the Bangladesh government have said the number arriving has slowed down in recent days although the situation is still volatile.The Muslim Rohingya minority community has long been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship.
Attacks by Rohingya militants on Myanmar security forces in Rakhine on August 25 sparked harsh military reprisals and an exodus across the border to southeast Bangladesh.That has left tens of thousands of new arrivals with nowhere to shelter from the monsoon rains.Those flocking into Bangladesh have made harrowing allegations of murder, rape and widespread arson by Myanmar’s army.