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Why the UN believes the Rohingyas are the target of 'ethnic cleansing'

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Rohingya refugees sit at the entrance to their shelter in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
Rohingya refugees sit at the entrance to their shelter in Palong Khali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh. Reuters/Hannah McKay

The United Nations said this week that the number of Rohingya Muslims who’ve fled from Myanmar across the border to Bangladesh has now hit 582,000 people after the Myanmar armed forces responded to attacks in late August.

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The recent treatment of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has been described by the United Nations as "ethnic cleansing".

Ahmer Khan reports from just across the border in Bangladesh, Cox’s Bazar, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas are now refugees.

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