India to provide humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh — Operation Insaniyat

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks at a news conference ahead of the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York

When asked at a press conference in New York whether he would describe the violence against Rohingya Muslims as "ethnic cleansing", he replied: "When one-third of the Rohingya population has got to flee the country, can you find a better word to describe it?"

Then on September 13, the show aired a brief clip of the UN chief calling on Myanmar authorities to end the violence, which Woodruff followed with "Myanmar claims that it's only reacting to attacks by Rohingya insurgents".

On Sept. 12, the UN refugee agency said the number of Rohingya refugees that have fled the recent escalation of violence against the minority group has spiked to about 370,000. Bangladesh also stated that these provocations may lead to untoward consequences. The United Nations says about 73,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed the border into Bangladesh in the past 10 days.

The government has declared ARSA a terrorist organisation and accused it of setting the fires and attacking civilians.

Attacking Modi government's decision to deport 40,000 Rohingya Muslim, AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said that the government's move is discriminatory because the Rohingyas are Muslims. According to the Bangladesh, around 3,000 Rohingya have been killed in the crackdown.

Noting the commitments made by Myanmar to provide humanitarian assistance to all displaced individuals without discrimination, they called on the government to fulfil these commitments, facilitate humanitarian assistance to those in need in Rakhine State, and to ensure the protection and safety of humanitarian actors.

For tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, an informal fleet of small wooden fishing boats has meant deliverance from what they say is an indiscriminate assault on their villages by the Myanmar army.

Conditions are already worsening in Bangladesh's southeastern border district of Cox's Bazar where the majority of refugees are living in squalid conditions after fleeing Myanmar's violence-wracked Rakhine state.

Patel said: "For the second time in a little under a year, the eyes of the world are once again fixed on Burma".

Last week, several organisations took to the streets of Hyderabad to express solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar, and protest the Centre's plans to deport them.

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