Nearly 60 Rohingya refugees dead in Boat capsize

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 11:10 GMT, Sep 29, 2017 |

About 60 people are now believed to have died when a boat carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar capsized off Bangladesh, the UN says.

The boat overturned in rough seas late on Thursday.

A UN spokesman said 23 people were now confirmed dead and 40 more were “missing and presumed drowned”.

Dozens of Rohingya have already died trying to cross into Bangladesh amid a military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

Violence erupted in Rakhine on 25 August when Rohingya militants attacked security posts, triggering a military crackdown.

More than half a million Rohingya – a mostly Muslim minority who are widely disliked in Myanmar and denied citizenship – have fled to Bangladesh since then.

Those who have fled accuse Myanmar’s military, backed by Buddhist mobs, of using a brutal campaign of killings and village burnings to try to drive them out. The military rejects the allegations, saying it is targeting Rohingya militants.

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