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Bangladesh under international pressure to open border to Rohingya refugees

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Rohingyas from Myanmar sit on a jetty by the river Naf after being arrested by Border Guards of Bangladesh in Teknaf on June 18.

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Boats carrying Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, trying to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence, are intercepted by Bangladeshi Coast Guard officials in Teknaf on June 18.

Muslim Rohingyas continue to flee across the Naf river in boats to Bangladesh attempting to escape sectarian violence in Myanmar's Rakhine region only to be turned away by Bangladeshi border guards.

Reuters reports, the violence, which displaced 30,000 people and killed 50 in Myanmar, also known as Burma, flared last month with a rampage of rock-hurling, arson and machete attacks, after the gang rape and murder of a Buddhist woman that was blamed on Muslims. 

Bangladesh is coming under increasing international pressure to open its border to Rohingya, but has so far refused to do so. 

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A Rohingya Muslim from Myanmar, who tried to cross the Naf river into Bangladesh to escape sectarian violence, looks on while kept under watch by Bangladeshi security officials after disembarking from an intercepted boat in Teknaf on June 18.

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