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A further 27,000 ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as well as Hindus have also fled violence that has gripped northern Rakhine, where worldwide aid programs in Rakhine have been severely curtailed.

Tens of thousands more are believed to be on the move inside Rakhine.

He said a total of 17 booths will be set up in the Rohingya settlements across the district to collect details of the new and already existing refugees.

The Rohingya have been subject to communal violence by extremist Buddhists for years, forcing large groups of Muslims to take perilous journeys and seek refuge in Bangladesh and other neighboring countries.

But government spokesman Zaw Htay said Myanmar would not negotiate with "terrorists".

The United Nations on Thursday said that almost 164,000 Rohingya have escaped to Bangladesh over the past two weeks in the wake of a massive security sweep and alleged atrocities by the country's security forces and Buddhist mobs against the Rohingya.

The Bangladesh envoy also talked about the need for the global community to pressurise Myanmar to address the exodus, sources in the Bangladesh high commission were cited by news agencies as saying.

The violence erupted following an attack by a Rohingya insurgent group on police and military posts in Rakhine, leading to a violent offensive by the Myanmar army.

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The Rohingya have always been subjected to discrimination in mostly Buddhist Myanmar, which denies them citizenship and regards them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, even if they have lived in the country for generations, according to AFP.

Meanwhile, thousands of people took to the streets across Asia on Friday to denounce Myanmar's treatment of its Rohingya Muslim minority.

The State Department is working with worldwide partners, including the Office of the United Nations' refugee agency, the global Committee of the Red Cross and the global Organization for Migration, to provide emergency assistance for the displaced, the statement said.

More than 1,000 people have been killed in the violence, according to an United Nations estimate.

Successive regimes have historically discriminated against them even though many have lived for generations in Rakhine state.

As officials in Myanmar, or Burma as it's also known, continue to close in on the persecuted minority, they have been placing landmines at its border with Bangladesh.

Demonstrators called for the global community to step in and help bring an end to human rights violations in Myanmar.

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