Turkey: «There is a genocide» — Erdogan derides Islamic world's «silence» on Rohingya killings

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the deaths of at least 400 Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar's Rakhine state as part of a genocide, adding that fellow countries that remain silent on the matter «are partners to this slaughter», in Istanbul, on Friday. «The ones who keep their silence under the veil of democracy are partners to this slaughter. The world media is also a partner to... Еще this crime,» stated the Turkish leader. Erdogan went on to reiterate that it was Turkey's duty to assist in a humanitarian manner, and slammed the Islamic world for «not paying attention.» The resurfacing of violence is being blamed on last week's attack on Myanmar's police force that left 12 officers dead. The Myanmar military claims to be targeting Rohingya militants in response, leading to widespread reports of wide scale killings, arson, looting and rape in Rohingya villages. The number of Rohingya Muslims crossing into Bangladesh since last week's eruption of violence in Rakhine state has reached 40,000, according to UN estimates.

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