The extent of atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, it seems, can never be estimated. Every day there are now stories of horrors and number of dead bodies emerge from the besieged areas of the Myanmar where Rohingyas have been cornered by the army.
According to Doctors Without Borders (MSF), at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August.
This is the highest estimated death toll till now of violence that erupted on August 25 and triggered a massive refugee crisis, with more than 620,000 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar for Bangladesh in three months.
The UN and US have described the military operation as ethnic cleansing of the Muslim minority, but have not released specific estimations of a death toll.
“At least 6,700 Rohingya, in the most conservative estimations, are estimated to have been killed, including at least 730 children under the age of five,” MSF said Thursday.
The group’s findings come from six surveys of more than 2,434 households in Rohingya refugee camps and cover a period of one month.