Erdoğan calls on United Nations to put pressure on Myanmar government over Rohingya

Bangladesh has barred thousands of members of the stateless Muslim minority from entering the country since Friday, when fresh fighting broke out between Myanmar's security forces and Rohingya militants in neighbouring Rakhine state leaving at least 110 people dead.

At least 18,500 Rohingya Muslims, many sick and some with bullet wounds, have fled into Bangladesh over the past six days amid renewed fighting in western Myanmar.

Thousands of Rohingya have fled towards Bangladesh, but authorities there have refused to let a lot of them in, with an untold number of people - mainly women and children - stranded along the border zone.

Over 100 people have been killed in clashes with insurgents, Myanmar says, a lot of them militants but also members of the security forces and civilians.

The villagers were caught roughly four kilometres inside Bangladeshi territory en route to a refugee camp in Kutupalong, where thousands of Rohingya live in squalid conditions, said local police chief Abul Khaer.

More than 8,700 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks, Zeid said in a statement.

The government denies full citizenship to Rohingya Muslims, branding them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

"This turn of events is deplorable".

The violence marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October, when a similar, but much smaller, series of Rohingya attacks on security posts prompted a fierce military response dogged by allegations of human rights abuses.

UNSC meets on Wednesday to discuss deadly violence against Rohingya muslims

The Pope and the United Nations are among those urging Myanmar to protect Rohingya civilians from the latest violence.

He went on to say that Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi is an Islamophobe herself, adding that political parties and organizations have scapegoated the Rohingya Muslim minority to justify "economic hardships and political frustrations" that the country is going through.

"Remote areas of the township are still risky but much of downtown area is under control", he said.

The Information Ministry said Wednesday that 45 homemade bombs were detonated and seven villages, one security post and two neighborhoods in the township of Maungdaw were burned down on Sunday and Monday.

"These are the sort of tactics we've seen before", said Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch.

The UK on Tuesday urged the UN Security Council to convene to discuss reports of mass civilian casualties after raids by Myanmar security forces against Rohingya fighters.

Home Affairs Minister General Kyaw Swe said construction materials imported by global aid groups to northern Rakhine, such as steel pipes, have been used by insurgents to make weapons.

Wisma Putra also welcomed the release of the final report by the Advisory Commission of Rakhine State, particularly on the issue of human rights and welcomed the Myanmar government's commitment to implement the report's recommendations. "We can not distinguish who are insurgents or who are villagers".

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