1st Aid Convoy for Rohingya Muslims

1st Aid Convoy for Rohingya Muslims1st Aid Convoy for Rohingya Muslims

Iran's first consignment of humanitarian aid for the Rohingya Muslims, who are fleeing violence at home in Myanmar, was sent to Bangladesh on Friday.

The consignment was loaded onto a cargo plane by Iranian Red Crescent Society and headed to Bangladesh on Friday morning, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Weighing around 40 tons, it included foodstuff and medical supplies.

Earlier, Morteza Salimi, the head of the Relief and Rescue Organization of IRCS, said Iran would send more humanitarian aid for the persecuted people of the South Asian country in the near future.

He added that Iran was also prepared to set up field hospitals for Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh.

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012, which killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

On Sept. 12, the UN refugee agency said the number of Rohingya refugees that have fled the recent escalation of violence against the minority group has spiked to about 370,000.

The top UN human rights official, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, has accused Myanmar of carrying out "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing" against Rohingya Muslims.

The Myanmar administration of Aung San Suu Kyi has been globally condemned for aiding and abetting the oppression of Rohingya by the country's troops and extremist forces.


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