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Since then, more than 400,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh amid a military crackdown that the United Nations human rights chief has said "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

In a phone call to Suu Kyi, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson welcomed the Myanmar government's commitment to allow the return of refugees, but urged it to facilitate humanitarian aid to those affected by the violence and to address "deeply troubling" human rights abuse allegations, the State Department said.

The witness said he saw some injured people.

He said the government is committed to ensuring aid reaches those who need it without discrimination and implementing recommendations of a commission on resolving the tensions in Rakhine State led by former United Nations chief Kofi Annan.

Saif said the truck belongs to the ICRC and Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and was operated by a supplier who has been working for the two agencies for last couple of weeks.

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An official said the mob thought the aid was only for the Rohingya.

She said aid workers "managed to engage the people in dialogue, communicating that we work transparently and were there for everyone in need", and were eventually left alone with the supplies.

The latest crisis began on 25 August, when Rohingya militants attacked police posts.

Many Rohingya living in India fled persecution in Myanmar in 2012. The government has blamed the Rohingya, even saying they set fire to their own homes, but the United Nations and others accuse it of ethnic cleansing.

He said the government had evidence of the presence of militants among the refugees who fled a crackdown by the Myanmar government. Bandarban is a neighboring district where thousands of Rohingya also have fled.

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The government has recently raised "serious concern" over reports of renewed violence and attacks in Myanmar and extended its "strong" support to the Myanmarese government at this "challenging moment". The vessel was headed to an area where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have chased from their homes. No injuries were reported and police arrested eight participants.

Suu Kyi, 72, said her government had been promoting harmony between the Muslim and largely Buddhist ethnic Rakhine communities. The shipment ultimately was loaded and sent to northern Rakhine state.

The crisis has prompted a global chorus of condemnation against the country's de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for refusing to blame Myanmar's powerful military for the crackdown, which French President Emmanuel Macron said amounted to "genocide".

"We are explaining to the community members who approached the boats about the activities of the Red Cross", said Maria Cecilia Goin, a communications officer at the ICRC in Yangon. "Moreover, they have no homes in Myanmar, so where can they be sent?" she said.

Suu Kyi's speech this week in Naypyitaw, the capital, defended her government's conduct in Rahkine state and avoided criticism of the military. "It's necessary to have control of our region with our national races", Min Aung Hlaing said.

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UNICEF estimates suggest an "unprecedented" 60 per cent of new refugees in Bangladesh are children while Rohingya girls are exposed to risks of sexual violence and early marriage. "All must be loyal to the state in serving their duties, so that such cases will never happen again".

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