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A quick rundown on the Myanmar crisis, an example of 'textbook ethnic cleansing'
A crisis has begun to unfold in Burma, as more than 370,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees have fled to find a safe haven in Bangladesh. - photo by Herb Scribner
A crisis has begun to unfold in Burma, as more than 370,000 Muslim Rohingya refugees have fled to find a safe haven in Bangladesh, according to The Washington Post.

These refugees have escaped through land and on water into Bangladesh, hoping to avoid the wrath of the Burmese military, which has killed an overwhelming amount of people in what WashPost described as a military crackdown from Myanmar on its own people.

Whats happening: The Myanmar military has cracked down on the Muslim Rohingya minority group with clearly disproportionate insurgent attacks that led to a death toll of nearly 3,000 people, according to The Guardian. The Rohingya is not listed as a recognized ethnic group in Myanmar.

When did this start?: The most recent attacks began after a "Rohingya insurgent group attacked more than two dozen security sites and killed 12 people," The Guardian reported.

Myanmars response: The countrys foreign affairs ministry said that it shared concerns over the violence in all communities, but didnt mention the Rohingya community specifically, The Guardian reported.

Military response: Myanmars military said it is fighting Rohingya militants but hasnt targeted civilians, BBC reported.

What do refugees and civilians say?: According to BBC, Rohingyas who have fled the area said theyve been maimed by landmines. The campaign by the military also led to burned down villages, which was aimed at driving them out.

UN response: The United Nations human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein said this is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.

I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population, Hussein said.

Any U.S. response?: The White House issued a statement on the crisis, saying the U.S. is deeply troubled over the issue. The White House said it was alarmed by the allegations of human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings, burning of villages, massacres, and rape, by security forces and by civilians acting with these forces consent.

Is this new?: Yes and no. Rohingya families have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh since the 1970s, BBC reported. In total, 300,000 refugees from the country were in Bangladesh before the more recent influx.

Next steps: The UN Security Council plans to meet Wednesday to discuss the crisis, according to BBC.
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