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Rohingya women, children die in desperate boat escape from Myanmar

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21 dead after Rohingya boats capsized in Naf

The organization said it's unclear how many people have made it into camps along the Bangladeshi border.

Four of the deceased might have been shot to death, said the OC quoting witnesses.

There have also been reports of innocent civilians being killed and injured amid the ongoing violence and of villages being burned down.

Pictures that emerged from the tragedy showed bodies of women and children, still dressed, lined up in rows and partially covered by black tarpaulin.

The bodies of 26 Rohingya women and children were recovered from the river on Wednesday after a vessel carrying an unknown number of people sank, officials said. The disenfranchisement of Rohingya in the 2015 election, and a regional crackdown on human trafficking that cut off an escape by sea also left Myanmar's Rohingya feeling boxed in.

"The anti-Muslim violence of 2012, and the emergence of the new insurgent group a year ago were both clear signals that the volatile dynamics of Rakhine state urgently need a political, not just a security, response to address the concerns of all communities in the state". Hundreds fleeing on boats were being pushed back by Bangladeshi border guards, according to authorities.

Bangladesh is under intense worldwide pressure to allow the fleeing Rohingya to cross into its territory, but it has pushed a number of them back, in what rights groups say is a contravention of its global obligations.

Thousands of Rohingya are fleeing to Bangladesh.

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"Rejected by the country they call home and unwanted by its neighbours, the Rohingya are impoverished, virtually stateless and have been fleeing Myanmar in droves and for decades", writes the BBC, adding that they have been described as "the world's most persecuted people".

In recent months, the group has tried to dispel that perception and bolster the argument that they are freedom fighters who took up arms only to defend their people, said David Mathieson, an independent analyst in Yangon, Myanmar.

His account could not be verified by AFP, but offers an insight into the cat-and-mouse game between militants and security forces being played out in remote hamlets, fields and forest hideouts in Myanmar's westernmost Rakhine state.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees called on Bangladesh to open its borders to the Rohingyas to enable a humanitarian corridor.

More than 500 Hindus from Myanmar's Rakhine state have crossed over to Bangladesh over the last couple of days.

The army says it is conducting clearance operations against "extremist terrorists" in response to the attacks on police posts.

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Main Uddin, a government official in Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar, said the survivors reported that about 86 Hindus had been killed by armed groups in three villages since August 25.

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