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>> Waiting for safety on the Naf River, trying to get to Bangladesh on the other side. Rohingya Muslims are fleeing escalating violence in Northeast Myanmar. A fresh exodus of thousands after a series of deadly attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in Rakhine State, and then an ensuing retaliation.
But, not all of them will find safety. Despite UN appeals, Bangladesh authorities are sending some villagers back towards the conflict. Border patrol is blocking people from crossing the river. Bangladesh insists it cannot take anymore. It already hosts four hundred thousand Rohingya refugees and almost nine thousand more have registered since Friday.
There are around 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar, a nation of a Buddhist majority. The Rohingya claim this as their home saying that roots go back centuries. But they're denied citizenship and classified as illegal immigrants by the Myanmar government. Their treatment, one of the biggest challenges for Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who's been accused by Western critics from not speaking out.
One other safe haven could be neighboring Thailand. It doesn't usually recognize the status of refugees and doesn't see Rohingya as legitimate migrant workers. But on Tuesday, Thailand's Prime Minister saying it was preparing to receive people fleeing from Myanmar and send them back quote, when they're ready. Even with a safe place to go though, many of those fleeing face sickness.
At least six have died after making the crossing into Bangladesh.