Rohingya Muslims exodus from Myanmar hits 379,000

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-14 05:18:24|Editor: yan
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CAIRO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Some 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since new violence erupted last month, MENA news agency cited a UN source as saying on Wednesday.

Egypt has urged the UN Security Council (UNSC) to hold an emergency meeting to tackle the Rohingya Muslims crisis, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

Bangladesh authorities are now registering new arrivals and building a massive new camp near the border with Myanmar to accommodate the influx, the report said.

There were more than 300,000 Rohinya in refugee camps and makeshift settlements in Bangladesh even before the latest unrest.

These are now completely overwhelmed and tens of thousands of new arrivals have no shelter.

Most walked for days to reach Bangladesh and aid workers say many are sick and in desperate need of food.

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi will urge national reconciliation and peace in her first speech since start of Rohingya crisis, in a televised address on Sept. 19.