Washington: We will focus on delivering humanitarian aid to Burma's Rakhine province

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Rohingya refugees walk on a muddy path as others travel on a boat after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 6, 2017.

First lady Emine Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visited a refugee camp housing more than 50,000 people and talked with residents, including a young person with a bullet injury, about ongoing violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

The government of Myanmar denies citizenship rights to the Rohingya and claims instead that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

Suu Kyi has come under increasing pressure from countries with Muslim populations, including Indonesia, where thousands led by Islamist groups rallied in Jakarta yesterday to demand that diplomatic ties with Buddhist-majority Myanmar be cut.

He explained: "We are receiving constant reports of violence by Myanmar's security forces, including indiscriminate attacks". "At the same time, they have a responsibility to carry out those activities in accordance with the rule of law and worldwide human rights". "Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land in the Ukhiya and Teknaf areas", said a UNHCR said in a briefing in Geneva.

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"We have to take care of everybody who is living in our country, whether or not they are our citizens, because it is our duty", Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi told reporters Thursday.

"We are not prepared here for such a huge number", he said.

Those flocking into Bangladesh have brought with them harrowing testimony of murder, rape and widespread arson at the hands of Myanmar's army.

"However, there is no report of any Rohingya Muslim being intercepted", he said.

But a BBC reporter in Rakhine state on Thursday saw a Muslim village being burned, apparently by a group of Rakhine Buddhists, contradicting the official version of events.

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No police were seen in the village beyond those who were accompanying the journalists, but about 10 Rakhine men with machetes were seen.

Burning Rohingya homes can make it less likely that they return.

Saying that the comment could have been caused by Mishal's question on the hardships experienced by Muslims in Myanmar, the petition added: "Coming from a democratic hero, one racist statement is one too many".

It also asked humanitarian organisations to resume their work.

An online petition signed by more than 386,000 people on Change.org is calling for Suu Kyi to be stripped of her Peace Prize over the persecution of the Rohingya. "This is a complicated part of the country, and more specifically, a complicated part of Rakhine state itself", he said. Some 146,000 Rohingya have fled since then.

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