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The spiritual leader of Islam's majority Sunnis has blasted Myanmar for the "massacres" against Rohingya Muslims, calling for swift political and economic pressure by the global community on the Buddhist-majority nation.

Another 300,000 have crossed over to Bangladesh after renewed violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, he said.

"Perhaps about a thousand or more are already dead", said Yanghee Lee, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar. "I am ... breaking my vow of silence on public affairs out of profound sadness about the plight of the Muslim minority in your country, the Rohingya", Tutu wrote.

The violence in Rakhine and resulting humanitarian crisis has unleashed anti-Myanmar protests in Asian capitals and an outpouring of sympathy for the Rohingya people from leaders of Muslim majority countries, including Indonesia and Malaysia.

The report was widely welcomed internationally with calls for Myanmar's government to swiftly implement its findings, which they have previously vowed to do.

Besides the creation of internationally-controlled safe zones in Rakhine state, Bangladesh has also mooted creating a buffer zone along the border, where the worldwide community could set up camps and provide for the refugees, the officials said. Tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees are believed to be stuck at the border to Bangladesh.

According to the sources, High Commissoner Syed Muazzem Ali said Bangladesh is facing many problems due to Rohingya Muslims as they are fleeing Myanmar to escape escalating violence in their Rakhine State.

Earlier in the week, Ms Suu Kyi - who faces strong anti-Rohingya sentiment in Myanmar - claimed the crisis in Rakhine state was being distorted by a "huge iceberg of misinformation". Competing journalists used to back Ms Suu Kyi when she was "The Lady", a heroine fighting for democracy and justice against military rulers. He said Suu Kyi held the Nobel Peace Prize she won in 1991 with one hand and condoned "crimes" with the other.

Dhaka's Buddhist community also protested Myanmar's treatment of the Rohingyas.

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Reporters from Associated Press on the Bangladesh side of the border said they had seen an elderly woman with devastating leg wounds: one leg with the calf apparently blown off and the other also badly injured.

"It is expected that the United Nations act swiftly and undertake all necessary measures towards addressing global concerns about the deteriorating situation in Myanmar", Zarif said.

He said Bangladesh is ready to support Myanmar regarding the issue.

Thousands of people are still trying to cross mountains, dense bush and rice fields to reach Bangladesh.

Local district administrations and the Bangladesh Border Guard have been assigned to register the Rohingya refugees who fled Myanmar violence to Bangladesh recently. The UN has appealed for urgent donations of $77 million to continue its relief operations.

The attacks have intensified since August 25, following alleged armed attacks on police and military posts in Rakhine.

There have been numerous reports of summary killings, rapes, and other abuses against the Muslims since late a year ago. Myanmar denies they exist as an ethnic group and says those living in Rakhine are illegal migrants from Bangladesh. It was not clear who was responsible.

In an open letter, Tutu told his fellow Nobel Peace Prize victor that it was "incongruous for a symbol of righteousness" to lead a country where violence against the Rohingya is being carried out.

Many countries have called for an end to the violence against the Rohingya, including Iran and Turkey.


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