Rohingya insurgent group ARSA declares month-long ceasefire

Australia's Green Party leader Richard di Natale addresses a pro Rohingyan rally in Melbourne

Australia's Green Party leader Richard di Natale addresses a pro Rohingyan rally in Melbourne

Myanmar's military has been accused of planting landmines in the path of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in its western Rakhine state, with Amnesty International reporting that two people were wounded on Sunday.

"ARSA strongly encourages all concerned humanitarian actors resume their humanitarian assistance to all victims of the humanitarian crisis, irrespective of ethnic or religious background during the ceasefire period", ARSA said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh has agreed to free land for a new camp to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent violence in Myanmar, an official said Monday.

Almost 300,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh and 30,000 non-Muslim civilians have been displaced inside Myanmar after the military launched a counter-offensive following attacks by the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) insurgents on 30 police posts and an army base on August 25.

Before the crisis erupted, between 300,000 and 500,000 Rohingyas had been living in Bangladesh, only 32,000 of whom enjoy refugee status.

"In Myanmar, our Muslim brothers experience very abusive treatment, they are made to flee their houses, and we must apply every effort to prevent the unfair attitude to them", he said.

The exodus accounts for almost a third of Myanmar's Rohingya population, creating a humanitarian emergency as a flood of famished and wounded refugees pour into Bangladesh's already overcrowded camps.

It urged Myanmar to "reciprocate this humanitarian pause" in fighting, with huge numbers of displaced moving across Rakhine and many believed to be in desperate need of help.

Myanmar's army says at least 400 people, mainly militants, have been killed in the violence.

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Rohingya Muslims are considered to be among the world's most persecuted people. Hafez Ahmed, 60, told AFP.

Thousands of Rohingya refugees are still stranded on the Myanmar side of the River Naf, which separates the two countries, with the biggest gathering south of the town of Maungdaw, monitors and sources in the area told Reuters.

"How can we live like this here?" he added, gesturing to the swampy earth.

The UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar has said the latest violence may have left more than 1,000 dead, a lot of them Rohingya.

But Myanmar labels them "extremist Bengali terrorists" intent on carving out an Islamic enclave for the Rohingya. But in August it carried out coordinated attacks on police posts and an army base, leading to the swift and substantial response from the military that caused the mass civilian exodus.

That means over a third of the estimated 1.1 million Rohingya in Rakhine state have fled in less than a year.

Rohingya refugees walk through a paddy field after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

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