Aid flotilla to help Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Source: Religion News Service

KUALA LUMPUR/YANGON (Reuters) An aid flotilla carrying food and emergency supplies for Rohingya Muslims will sail from Malaysia for Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine State next month, the Malaysian organizer said on Friday (Dec. 30).

The flotilla, organized by a coalition of aid groups, has yet to receive permission to enter Myanmar, sparking fears of a confrontation with security forces that could worsen Myanmar’s already-frayed ties with predominantly Muslim Malaysia.

Malaysia has been an outspoken critic of the Myanmar government’s handling of a violent crackdown in Rakhine, which has killed scores of people and displaced thousands of Rohingya, amid allegations of abuses by security forces.

The Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations secretary-general Zulhanis Zainol said the flotilla’s organizers had applied for permission to enter Myanmar through its embassy in Kuala Lumpur, but had yet to receive a reply.

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