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Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded on Myanmar beach

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Some 1,000 Rohingya Muslims desperate to leave Myanmar have been camping on an exposed, sun-baked beach on the Bay of Bengal waiting for a boat to carry them to Bangladesh.

Having kept northern parts of Rakhine State virtually off-limits since it launched a counter-insurgency operation there in late August, Myanmar’s military made a rare show of openness on Sunday by taking foreign journalists to see one of the beaches from which Rohingya are trying to escape.

Some have been stuck there for over a month, sweltering under the plastic sheeting used to make tents and existing on handouts provided by the Myanmar Red Cross Society.

More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh to find shelter in the refugee camps, the victims of what a top U.N. official has called “ethnic cleansing”.

 

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