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Myanmar refugees flee in rickety boats after sectarian clashes

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Rohingya Muslims, trying to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence in Myanmar, look on from an intercepted boat in Teknaf on June 13, 2012. Bangladeshi guards have turned back 16 boats carrying more than 660 Rohingya people, most of them women and children, since June 11.

Hundreds of Muslim Rohingyas have tried to flee in rickety boats to Bangladesh after days of sectarian violence in the Myanmar town of Sittwe, Reuters reports, but Bangladesh's foreign minister says the country will not take them in.

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Major Shafiqur Rahman of the Bangladesh Border Guard told Reuters by phone that 110 Rohingyas in three boats had landed in Teknaf on the southern tip of the Bangladesh mainland in the early hours of Wednesday. The two countries are separated in the area by a river that flows into the Bay of Bengal.

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"They landed on our beach defying objections by the coastguard. We have detained them all, mostly women and children, and will push back later today," he said.  Read the full story.

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Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are seen on a boat while they try to get into Bangladesh, as members of the Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) try to push them back out in Teknaf on June 13, 2012. The UN Refugee Office (UNHCR) has called on Bangladesh to keep its borders open given the rapid escalation of violence in the northern Rakhine State of Myanmar, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters on Tuesday.

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Rohingya Muslims look on from an intercepted boat in Teknaf on June 13, 2012.