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100,000 Rohingya commemorate the “genocide” amid tensions in the camps

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — At least 100,000 Rohingya refugees gathered in their camps in Bangladesh on Sunday to mark two years since the start of a brutal military campaign in Myanmar that has forced more than 730,000 people to flee across the border.

In the morning, huge crowds prayed over a hill for the lives of relatives killed during the violence.

Others marched under the scorching sun shouting “We want justice” and “No more genocide”. Some wore T-shirts reading “The anniversary of the Rohingya genocide”.

The Rohingya commemorated the genocide amid tension in some places in the camps after security forces shot dead two Rohingya on Saturday, saying they were involved in the killing of a ruling party official.

More than a million people live in camps in southern Bangladesh, the world’s largest concentration of refugees, most of whom fled violence against them in 2017. The United Nations says the crackdown on the Rohingya has carried out the genocide.

Refugees say Myanmar security forces and Buddhist civilians have committed mass killings and mass rape also during weeks of “purges”.

Myanmar denies the charges and says it was carrying out legitimate operations after attacks by Rohingya gunmen on police posts.

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