Bangladesh proposes to fight alongside Myanmar to fight insurgents

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Dhaka - At least 21 people have been drowned after boats carrying Rohingya Muslims capsized in south-eastern Naf river in the last couple of days, officials said.

Chris Lewa, of the Rohingya monitoring group the Arakan Project, said to Reuters it appeared Myanmar security forces were trying to drive out a large proportion of the Rohingya population as their villages have burned down.

An estimated 6,000 Rohingya are massed on the border, having fled villages in Myanmar that they say were set on fire by police, troops and Buddhist mobs.

The Myanmar government is accusing the Rohingya insurgents of similar crimes.

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Burma has evacuated thousands of Rakhine Buddhists from the area, where ongoing clashes have so far killed at least 117 people, a lot of them Rohingya insurgents but also security officials.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha told reporters Thailand is preparing to receive refugees and "send them back when they are ready".

Bangladesh is under intense global 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 worldwide obligations.

A series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in the north of Myanmar's Rakhine state have led to a massive military crackdown since Friday, and the ongoing clashes have so far killed at least 117 people, a lot of them Rohingya insurgents but also security officials. They are also subject to frequent sectarian attacks by Buddhist extremist groups such as Ma Ba Tha, the "committee to protect race and religion".

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"I am concerned that these events will derail efforts to address the root causes of the systematic discrimination and recurrent violence in Rakhine State", said the Special Rapporteur. "When huge waves tilted the boat, we panicked", said Shah Karim.

The Myanmar army has said it is battling insurgents who continued to ambush government forces. However, reports said Bangladeshi border guards forcibly returned around 100 refugees back to Myanmar.

A Rohingya villager near the town of Maungdaw, speaking on condition of anonymity, said residents fled his hamlet as security forces approached and torched their homes.

After years in which the Rohingya largely avoided violence, the group emerged last October to carry out deadly attacks on police posts.

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