UN: 589,000 Rohingya Muslims fled Myanmar in last 8 weeks

October 20, 2017

A Rohingya Muslim refugee boy, who was born in Bangladesh, plays football in a muddy ground outside Leda refugee camp, in Bangladesh, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed over to Bangladesh since late August, when Myanmar security forces responded to militant attacks with a broad crackdown that witnesses and rights groups say has included killing and arson. An equal number of Rohingya Muslims have previously fled Myanmar since 1978. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N says 589,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in the last eight weeks, including nearly 7,000 admitted to the latter country Friday after spending up to four days stranded at the border.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq says humanitarian officials report that thousands more Rohingya refugees are believed to be on their way.

He adds that just over half are staying at a large site called the Kutupalong Expansion, where the U.N.’s partners are working with Bangladeshi authorities to improve road access, infrastructure and basic services.

A conference seeking to mobilize resources for Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence will take place Monday in Geneva. It calls for $434 million to help 1.2 million people through February 2018.

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