Britain says suspends training of Myanmar military following violence

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Earlier, India had announced that it plans to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslim refugees living illegally in India.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she talked to Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country, but expected no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees.

More recently, the Myanmar military has justified attacks on civilians based on the fact Rohingya militants targeted police outposts and killed roughly a dozen members of security forces.

Britain sent back five Myanmar army officers from a training session this week, "on account of the current situation in Rakhine", Myanmar's army said on Facebook late Wednesday.

Myanmar's vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country's Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take "full measures" to avoid collateral damage and harming innocent civilians.

Myanmar's government, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, must immediately cease its repression of the Rohingya.

Van Thio did not use the term Rohingya, referring to them simply as Muslims. There is now a total estimated 900,000 Rohingya refugees and a death toll of over 4000 Rohingya people per Reuters India.

Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has repeatedly denounced the United Nations probe as unhelpful and vowed that her government would not cooperate with it.

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Hundreds of people were killed and thousands of homes burned.

Aid agencies have launched a huge relief operation around Cox's Bazar, but they say they have been taken by surprise by the scope of the influx from Myanmar.

The aid shipment was bound for the north of the Rakhine State where insurgent attacks on August 25 sparked a military backlash.

Noting that India is not violating any global law in deporting Rohingyas, he said that the country is not a signatory to the UN Refugees Convention 1951.

He said there have been no clashes since September 5 in Rakhine, where the military has been accused of burning scores of villages to the ground sending terrified Rohingya villagers fleeing.

An International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) ship carrying 50 tonnes of aid was halted by a 300-strong Buddhist mob in the state capital Sittwe on Wednesday night.

The United States said on Wednesday it would provide an additional $32 million in humanitarian assistance to help deal with the crisis, bringing its total assistance for refugees from Burma in the region to almost $95 million for fiscal 2017.