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United Nations chief "shocked" by top Myanmar general's comment on Rohingya

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A Rohingya refugee boy carries water in the Kutupalong refugee camp, in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh March 22, 2018. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya who fled previous waves of persecution are already living in the district. It had since been escorted to the peninsula and its occupants handed over to immigration authorities for processing.

Malaysian authorities on Tuesday said they would allow entry to 56 Rohingya Muslims who reached the country in a boat on Monday after fleeing violence in Myanmar.

About 700,000 people have fled from Rakhine state to Bangladesh since August previous year, when a militant group attacked Myanmar security outposts, prompting a harsh crackdown under a "clearance operation" by authorities that killed thousands of people.

The boat stopped at the island because it had been damaged in a storm.

He said local villagers donated food to the Rohingya and that they were "happy" with the help.

"As far as I know, some 400 people have paid for the boat trip across the Indian Ocean to Southeast Asia countries Thailand or Malaysia", he added.

Many of the Rohingya ensnared in the 2015 boat crisis wound up in Muslim-majority Malaysia and Indonesia as Thailand stuck to a policy of not accepting the vessels.

While the origin of the Rohingya has not be determined, Krabi police chief Col. Pattanachak Chakrabhan said most of the boat's occupants likely came from Myanmar's Rakhine state and had planned to take refuge in Malaysia.

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Close to 700,000 Rohingya crossed into Bangladesh since late August 2017 as they fled a brutal crackdown by Myanmar's military following attacks by the insurgent group Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). However, many started emigrating and made perilous sea journeys to various countries as the camps in Bangladesh are reportedly overcrowded.

Aye is expected to meet Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali and Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, foreign ministry officials told BenarNews.

NEW YORK-George Soros and the Open Society Foundations today announced an emergency assistance fund of Dollars 10 million to help Rohingya people displaced from Myanmar and host communities in Bangladesh.

Kyaw Tint Swe, Myanmar's union minister in charge of the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi's Office, was the first official to visit Dhaka since the Rohingya refugee crisis began past year.

From April to October there is a high risk of flash floods, landslides, and cyclones in southern Bangladesh, where the Rohingya are sheltered in makeshift settlements vulnerable to water contamination and spread of disease.

Rohingya in the refugee camps and the worldwide community have called for guarantees of a safe return and establishment of protected areas in Rakhine before repatriation begins.

The board's chairman, Surakiart Sathirathai of Thailand, said he was happy to learn of Bangladesh's agreement to the visit, which he hoped would take place soon.

The report also suggests the federal government could target more of Myanmar's military leaders under its new Magnitsky Act that seeks to isolate human rights abusers by freezing assets and blocking travel.

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