India 'supports' B'desh stand — Rohingya crisis

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The United Nations refugee agency, the UNHCR, said around 4,00,000 refugees have fled from the violence-affected Myanmar's Northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in Bangladesh, where the limited shelter capacity is already exhausted.

"There needs to be a focus, obviously, as he said, on the halt of the, of military and security operations".

What's happening: The Myanmar military has cracked down on the Muslim Rohingya minority group with "clearly disproportionate" insurgent attacks that led to a death toll of nearly 3,000 people, according to The Guardian.

"We have made purchases for a week and we are planning to continue the relief effort for a longer time", Amarpreet said.

UN officials acknowledge they were taken by surprise by the scope of the exodus.

In a statement, the 15-member council "expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the UN Security Council on Wednesday urged Myanmar authorities to end violence, adding that the situation was best described as ethnic cleansing.

It is estimated that 60 per cent of Rohingya refugees arriving in Bangladesh are children, he added.

But international pressure is growing on Myanmar.

Another image, that of an impassive Aung San Suu Kyi - Myanmar's de facto leader - has also entered the public debate, raising the question: Why doesn't the Nobel Peace laureate speak out?

Former US Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights Tom Malinowski said he was "very sad" about Suu Kyi's response to the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar, CNN reported.

According to the spokesman, Hasina, on the other hand, said Bangladesh was forced to offer refuge to the refugees on humanitarian ground as they fled their home at Myanmar's western Rakhine state to evade atrocities. The statement also called for the refugee problem to be resolved.

Earlier, Head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of the IRCS (Iran's Red Crescent Society) Morteza Salimi said the Islamic Republic would send more humanitarian aid for the persecuted people of the South Asian country in the near future.