Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Myanmar is committing crimes against humanity in its campaign against Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday, Sept. 26, calling for the U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions and an arms embargo.

The U.N. refugee agency called for a redoubling of international aid for the 480,000 refugees – 60 percent of them children – who have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25 to escape the violence.

A Myanmar government spokesman rejected the accusation of crimes against humanity, saying there was no evidence.

Myanmar has also rejected U.N. accusations that its forces are engaged in ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on Aug. 25.

Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of trying to drive Rohingya out of Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

“The Burmese military is brutally expelling the Rohingya from northern Rakhine state,” said James Ross, legal and policy director at New York-based Human Rights Watch.

“The massacres of villagers and mass arson driving people from their homes are all crimes against humanity.”

Myanmar, also known as Burma, says its forces are fighting terrorists responsible for attacking the police and the army, killing civilians and torching villages. (Reuters)

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Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee baby cries as his mother jostles for aid in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Discarded items of clothing in a Rohingya refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee woman’s forehead bleeds as she jostles for aid in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee boy waits for aid in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 20, 2017. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Refugees cross a flooded bridge in the Balukhali Rohingya refugee camp on Sept. 19, 2017 in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Photo: Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees react as aid is distributed in a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 19, 2017. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees wait in line for relief supplies in the refugee camp of Leda near Teknaf on Sept. 19, 2017.
(Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugees carry supplies in the refugee camp of Thyangkhali near the Bangladeshi village of Gumdhum, on Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya Muslims, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, stretch their arms out to collect food items distributed by aid agencies near Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Dar Yasin/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees manually drill a borewell at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 18, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees protect themself from the rain in Bangladesh’s Balukhali refugee camp on Sept. 17, 2017. (Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Bangladeshi health worker administers vaccine to a Rohingya Muslim boy, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, at Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (Photo: Dar Yasin/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee walks past a makeshift camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 17, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya Muslim woman, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, lies unconscious on the shore of the Bay of Bangal after the boat she was traveling in capsized at Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo: Dar Yasin/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Hamida, a Rohingya refugee woman cries as she holds the body of her 40-day-old son, who died when a boat capsized at the shore of Shah Porir Dwip, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Bangladeshi boy walks towards a parked boat as smoke rises from across the border in Myanmar, at Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo: Dar Yasin/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee takes a bath outside his temporary shelter at Balukhali makeshift refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya Muslim refugees arrive on a boat after crossing from Myanmar on Sept. 8, 2017 in Dakhinpara, Bangladesh. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees climb up a hill after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees climb down a hill after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Smoke rises from a burned house in Gawdu Zara village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Journalists saw new fires burning Thursday in the Myanmar village that had been abandoned by Rohingya Muslims, and where pages from Islamic texts were seen ripped and left on the ground. (Photo: AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees wait for boat to cross a canal after crossing the border through the Naf river in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 7, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya Muslim refugees who have been living in Bangladesh for over a year sit by a fire in a more established shelter in a refugee camp on Sept. 8, 2017 in Gundum, Bangladesh. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya Muslim refugees react after being re-united with each other after arriving on a boat from Myanmar on Sept. 8, 2017 in Whaikhyang Bangladesh. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees carry their child as they walk through water after crossing border by boat through the Naf River in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 7, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Washed clothes belonging to Rohingya are spread out to dry on bushes near Kutupalong refugee camp, Bangladesh, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. (Photo: Bernat Armangue/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee woman and boy looks on through barbed wire as they wait for boat to cross the border through Naf river in Maungdaw, Myanmar, Sept. 7, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

View of newly built makeshift shelters at the Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in the Bangladeshi district of Ukhia on September 8, 2017. (Photo: Munir Uz Zaman/AFP/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya Muslim refugees sleep under a makeshift shelter in a clearing in a forest after crossing the border from Myanmar on Sept. 8, 2017 in Gundum, Bangladesh. (Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya man holds the body of a two-day-old baby before his burial at Kutupalong’s refugee camp cemetery, Bangladesh, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: Bernat Armangue/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

An injured Rohingya boy Mohammad Junayed, 15, receives treatment for a bullet wound, at Chittagong Medical College Hospital in Chittagong, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (Photo: A.M. Ahad/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees stretch their hands for food near Balukhali in Coxís Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 4, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Rohingya refugees walk to the shore with his belongings after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 5, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya ethnic minority from Myanmar carries a child in a sack and walks through rice fields after crossing over to the Bangladesh side of the border near Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf area, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. (Photo: Bernat Armangue/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee girl sits next to her mother who rests after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 6, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

Local Bangladeshi people offer water as Rohingya refugees arrive in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 1, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya refugee woman cries after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 5, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya child is carried on a sling while his family walk through rice fields after crossing the border into Bangladesh near Cox’s Bazar’s Teknaf area, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. (Photo: Bernat Armangue/AP)

Rohingya flee to Bangladesh after Myanmar attacks

A Rohingya girl reacts to the camera in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 1, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)