India calls for restraint by Myanmar in handling Rohingya crisis

Who are the Rohingya Muslims and what’s going on in Burma

President Mamnoon Hussain and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed on Sunday the issue of Rohingya Muslims being persecuted in Myanmar.

Speaking to ISNA, Qassemi said that Iranian embassy in Bangladesh has also made contacts with the Dhaka to prepare the ground for sending humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees.

It is the newest chapter in the grim recent history of the Rohingya, a people of about one million reviled in Myanmar as illegal immigrants and denied citizenship.

Bangladesh has urged Myanmar to stem the exodus by providing for the displaced inside the country and provide "safe zones" for the Rohingya.

Analysts say Suu Kyi is hampered by the politically incendiary nature of the issue in Myanmar and the fact she has little control over the military.

The fires were blazing in the ethnically mixed Rathedaung township, where populations of Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists live side by side.

The fighting forced almost 300,000 Rohingya to flee Myanmar towards the border with Bangladesh, despite facing growing danger of sickness, bullet wounds and attempts by Bangladesh authorities to send them home.

Amnesty said that based on interviews with witnesses and analysis by its own weapons experts, it believed there had been targeted use of landmines along a narrow stretch of the north-western border of Rakhine state that is a crossing point for fleeing Rohingya.

It was unclear who set fire to the villages.

While Burmese Buddhists in Myanmar also worship the Buddha, they follow a different religious tradition than Tibetans and do not recognize the Dalai Lama as their spiritual leader.

Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012. Rohingya militant groups are often involved in the clashes.

Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi is under pressure from the global community over the Rohingya issue.

"This is a cruel and callous way of adding to the misery of people fleeing a systematic campaign of persecution", she said.

Bangladesh's government has called the fresh influx of Rohingya seeking shelter on its territory unprecedented, saying it is struggling to cope with the flood of new refugee arrivals from neighboring Rakhine.

"Even if all we get to eat is a plate of rice, we can burn a red chili and mix it and it will taste nice", says a woman in the Kutupalong refugee camp.

Senator John McCain of Arizona also wrote to Ms Suu Kyi this week, noting that he had been her friend and supporter and calling on her "to take an active role in putting a stop to this worsening humanitarian crisis as it spreads throughout the country".

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