Senior cleric slams ethnic cleansing against Muslims in Myanmar

IRNA – Tehran’s substitute Friday prayers leader urged Islamic countries to condemn the atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar in the Southeast Asia.

Addressing thousands of worshipers in his second sermon, Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani censured the silence of international community on the ethnic cleansing of Muslims in this southeastern Asian country.

He called for an end to genocide of Rohingya Muslims, a religious minority in Buddhist Myanmar.

More than a quarter of a million mostly Rohingya refugees have fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh, the United Nations said on Thursday (Sep 7), as bodies washed up after boats sank attempting to cross the river that divides the countries.

In the last two weeks alone 164,000 mostly Rohingya civilians have fled to Bangladesh, overwhelming refugee camps that were already bursting at the seams.