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Myanmar crisis: Rohingya militants say unilateral truce to end on October 9

Divided Asean urged to act on Rohingya crisis Will resolve Rohingya issue with Myanmar peacefully despite 'provocations': Bangladesh
Wilma Wheeler | 09 October, 2017, 00:29

Some 515,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in an unrelenting movement of people that began after Myanmar security forces launched a brutal crackdown.

In a statement released through its Twitter account, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) said its truce would end at midnight on October 9.

"The human tragedy unfolding in southern Bangladesh is staggering in its scale, complexity and rapidity", they said in a statement calling the Rohingya crisis "the world's fastest developing refugee emergency". Asked for comments, a government spokesperson said: "We have no policy to negotiate with terrorists".

Bangladesh police were Sunday searching for a man who defied a ban and married a Rohingya refugee, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled across the border to escape violence in Myanmar.

"The access we have in northern Rakhine state is unacceptable", the head of the United Nations humanitarian office, Mark Lowcock, told reporters in Geneva.

The Bangladesh government revealed earlier this week about 5,000 Rohingay Muslims are crossing the border daily.

"We crossed the border the day before yesterday", said newly-arrived refugee Mohammad Hossain, explaining that his group was brought to the Balukhali camp in the Cox's Bazar district by the Bangladeshi army in a truck.

It has been well-established by now exactly how much Bangladesh has done for the Rohingya fleeing persecution in Myanmar.

Khan said Bangladesh wants to "send back all Rohingya to Myanmar successfully".

Robert Watkins, the United Nations resident coordinator in Dhaka, said on Saturday that housing more than 800,000 refugees in a single camp, as planned by Bangladesh for refugees fleeing violence from neighboring Myanmar, would heighten the risk of deadly diseases spreading quickly.

"This crisis isn't going to end soon", said a Bangladeshi interior ministry official who declined to be identified.

In 2014 Dhaka banned marriages between Bangladeshis and Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim refugees following claims that members of the persecuted community were attempting to Wednesday to gain citizenship in the mainly Muslim nation.

"There are stronger possibilities, if there are any infectious diseases that spread, that will spread very quickly", he added, also highlighting fire risks. Two thousand acres (790 hectares) of land next to the existing Kutupalong camp were set aside last month for the new Rohingya arrivals.

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