The Geneva-based international aid organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), said at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of the military's brutal crackdown on Rohingya rebels.
MSF Thursday stated, estimates were obtained after a survey of several Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The group said the estimated death toll included at least 730 toddlers.
The Myanmar military has been accused of launching a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages in Rakhine state, in northwestern Myanmar in August, in response to attacks on -Position of Myanmar police. The campaign led to a mass exodus of 600,000 Rohingyas to neighboring Bangladesh, which informed human rights organizations of serious atrocities by government security forces, including blind shootings, rape and arson of houses and entire villages to the ground.
Director medical organization, Sidney Wong said the findings "are very surprising, both in terms of the number of those who reported members of his family were killed by the violence, and the horrible ways they said made the dead or seriously injured." [uh/ab]