Myanmar Forces Killed 730 Children In Just One Month

Myanmar Forces Killed 730 Children In Just One Month

The charges were revealed as Doctors Without Borders estimated that at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims, including 730 children under the age of five, were killed during the first month of the security crackdown that began in August.

Bangladeshi officials have known the truth of the matter all this time, and have been striving tirelessly to persuade the United Nations to take tangible measures that go beyond issuing strongly worded resolutions for Myanmar to end the violence.

Reuters news agency called on Myanmar to immediately release two of its journalists who were arrested for possessing "important secret papers" obtained from two policemen who had worked in Rakhine state, where violence widely blamed on security forces has forced more than 630,000 minority Rohingya Muslims to flee into neighboring Bangladesh.

Myanmar's army has claimed 400 have died since the start of the crisis.

Among the dead children below the age of five, MSF said more than 59 percent were reportedly shot, 15 percent burnt to death, 7 percent beaten to death and 2 percent were killed by landmine blasts. "The peak in deaths coincides with the launch of the latest "clearance operations" by Myanmar security forces in the last week of August".

Worldwide aid and rights groups have accused the military of arson, killings and rapes of Rohingya villagers.

Reuters global communications chief Abbe Serphos said: "We are urgently seeking more information about the circumstances of their arrest and their current situation".

Though more than a million ethnic Rohingya Muslims have lived in the country for generations, they were stripped of their citizenship, denied nearly all rights and labelled stateless.

MSF said the numbers of deaths are likely to be an underestimation "as we have not surveyed all refugee resettlements in Bangladesh because the surveys don't account for the families who never made it out of Burma".

Gunshot wounds were the cause of death in 69 percent of the cases, according to the survey.

"It is abhorrent to make these people return to a place they have just recently fled with no guarantee they will be safe and will not be left at the mercy of their persecutors once again", its Bangladesh director Mark Pierce said in a statement.

The group also warned there was still very limited access for aid groups into Rakhine state.

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