Rohingya crisis: Suu Kyi says 'all in Rakhine defended'

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A trawler carrying Rohingya Muslims has capsized in the Bay of Bengal, and at least five people have drowned, police said Wednesday.

Suu Kyi told Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call Tuesday that her government is defending "all the people" in western Rakhine state, according to a government statement.

Aung San Suu Kyi also reiterated Modi's condemnation of terrorist activities and said, "Together, we will ensure that terror is not allowed to take root in our country, on our soil or in neighboring countries."Modi also said that he will be visiting the Ananda Temple in Bagan after the meet with Suu Kyi was over to check on the progress of the ongoing restoration work with Indian corporation after 2016 natural disaster". The photos on Mehmet Simsek's Twitter account had been taken down.

The latest conflict began on 25 August when Rohingya militants attacked police posts, triggering a military counter-offensive that has forced a flood of Rohingya civilians to head across the border to Bangladesh.

The military has said almost 400 people, majority insurgents, have died in clashes.

Narendra Modi also declared that people traveling from Myanmar to India will be given gratis visas and announced the release of 40 Myanmari prisoners in Indian prisons.

Many displaced Rohingya, however, said it was Myanmar soldiers who set their homes aflame and fired indiscriminately around their villages in Rakhine state.

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There were no changes in the portfolios of the big three - Arun Jaitley , Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh . Pradhan and Naqvi retained their portfolios of Oil and Gas and Minority Affairs respectively.

According to the United Nations on Tuesday, 123,600 Rohingya Muslims had crossed into Bangladesh since the crackdown began. Only some had tarps or umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun.

Systematic persecution of minority Muslims has been rising at a staggering rate and hasn't been confined to the northwestern state of Rakhine, a Tuesday report by the Burma Human Rights Network, an independent Myanmar human rights organization, said.

Suu Kyi told a joint news conference at the presidential palace in the capital, Naypyitaw, that Myanmar was grateful for India's stance on the attack on her country and they could work together to face the challenge.

He said the aid would be distributed by military helicopters along with the Rakhine state government as uncertainty and security concerns continue in the region.

Kiren Rijiju reiterated that Rohingyas living in India are illegal immigrants and the deportation has to be done through the legal process.

Guterres cited the longstanding history of "discrimination, hopelessness and extreme poverty" against Rohingya and warned about possible ethnic cleansing.

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