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Posted September 22, 2017

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday took on critics of government's policy on Rohingyas, saying why they have an objection to the deportation of "illegal immigrants" when Myanmar is willing to take them.

Countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan have seen a massive influx of Rohingya refugees in that two week span. Hundreds of thousands more are trapped on the border between the Rakhine State and Bangladesh under threat of violence from locals in either country should they enter.

Myanmar's military responded with a fierce counter-offensive that triggered the exodus of Rohingya to Bangladesh, putting a huge strain on humanitarian agencies in the Cox's Bazar area.

The Rohingya, described by the United Nations as the world's most persecuted people, have faced heightened fears of attack since dozens were killed in communal violence in 2012.

President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday became the latest voice to brand the killing of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar as "genocide". "Can not comment on the government policy but we are helping them because they are being persecuted in Myanmar", Dattu said.

There were more than one million Rohingyas in Rakhine state before the current crisis, though almost half have fled since the deadly attacks on military posts by militants from The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) on August 25.

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The council set up the mission in March to investigate possible violations across Myanmar, with a particular focus on alleged crimes committed against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

Turkey has been at the forefront of providing aid to Rohingya refugees and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue during his address at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. "The United Nation referred them as the most persecuted community in the world".

More than 420,000 Rohingya fled Burma's northern Rakhine state in less than a month, after Rohingya insurgent attacks on police set off a military crackdown. "They are illegal immigrants", he said.

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He said there have been no clashes since September 5 in Rakhine, where the military has been accused of burning scores of villages to the ground sending terrified Rohingya villagers fleeing.