Sen. McConnell says Suu Kyi urges aid for western Myanmar


Many of their homes and villages have been set alight by Myanmar security forces.

The council on Wednesday issued a statement condemning "the initial attack on security forces and subsequent violence". But even without these global conventions, we have, in the words of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, "a moral obligation" to help people in need.

The UN human rights commissioner on Monday urged Myanmar to end brutal security operations against the self-identifying Rohingya in Rakhine State, calling it "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing". "The humanitarian situation is catastrophic".

Some 370,000 Rohingya civilians have fled across the border to Bangladesh, according to the United Nations, whose rights chief, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, described the actions by Myanmar's armed forces as "ethnic cleansing".

Guterres said many women and children were arriving in Bangladesh "hungry and malnourished".

Myanmar's response: The country's foreign affairs ministry said that it shared concerns over the violence in all communities, but didn't mention the Rohingya community specifically, The Guardian reported.

Meanwhile, the stream of refugees into Bangladesh continues and the Myanmar military is thought to have laid landmines along the border, making the journey even more unsafe.

Bangladesh's appeal was echoed by Guterres.

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"I call on the Myanmar authorities to suspend military action, end the violence, uphold the rule of law, and recognize the right of return of all those who had to leave the country", the Secretary-General said in his first press conference since the opening of the 72nd session of the General Assembly.

"They were collecting information on the Rohingya for Myanmar", he said.

It is hard to know her motivation; political calculation could well be at the core of Suu Kyi's silence.

Critics have called for her to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize for failing to do more to halt the strife.

"One is the current situation in Rakhine state". She instead blamed terrorists for the attacks on Rohingya communitites. "The state counsellor won't attend the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly", said government spokesman Zaw Htay, using Suu Kyi's formal title.

While "the true number of fires and extent of property destruction is likely to be much higher", Amnesty also says that satellite images form mixed ethnic areas show that non-Rohingya areas "appear to have been left untouched".

"In our parliament, we have taken a resolution that Myanmar should take all their citizens back to their country and create a congenial atmosphere so that they can go back", Hasina said, according to Al-Jazeera.

Others had injuries they had sustained while fleeing their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine State.