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Number of Refugees From Myanmar in Bangladesh Reaches 480,000 - Agencies

  • Associated Press

A Rohingya Muslim woman, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, waits to receive aid with hundreds of other displaced Rohingyas, near Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sept. 25, 2017.

The number of refugees arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar since August 25 has risen to 480,000, international aid bodies said on Tuesday, adding that the figure had risen because 35,000 new arrivals had not been included in a previous tally.

The refugees are fleeing a Myanmar military offensive launched in response to about 30 coordinated attacks by Rohingya Muslim insurgents on August 25.

"The change in the new arrivals figure ... is due, in large part, to the additional estimated 35,000 new arrivals settling in the two refugee camps, which was not reported in the last situation report," the Inter-Sector Coordination Group of aid agencies said in a statement.

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