Food distribution halted as Rakhine violence worsens Sep 03, 2017 0 205 12345 AFPYANGONTHE WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME has suspended food aid in Myanmar's violence-scorched Rakhine state, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates with a surging death toll and tens of thousands -- both Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Buddhists -- on the move.Relief agencies, including WFP, have repeatedly been accused by Myanmar authorities of allowing their rations to fall into the hands of Rohingya militants, whose attacks on police posts on August 25 sparked the current violence.Around 120,000 people -- most of them Rohingya Muslim civilians -- have relied on aid hand-outs in camps since 2012, when religious riots killed scores and sparked a crisis which is again burning through the state.Over the last five years Rakhine state has been cut along ethnic and religious lines, but the current violence is the worst yet.Aid agencies are routinely accused of a pro-Rohingya bias and the sudden flare-up of unrest has renewed safety concerns, prompting relief work to be pulled back."All WFP food assistance operations in Rakhine State have been suspended due to insecurity... affecting 250,000 internally displaced and other most vulnerable populations,"the WFP said in a statement."We are coordinating with the authorities to resume distributions for all affected communities as soon as possible, including for any people newly affected by the current unrest."The Rohingya, branded illegal immigrants in Myanmar and mostly denied citizenship, make up the vast majority of the dead and displaced since 2012.In the ongoing bout of violence, 40,000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh, according to the UN.Tens of thousands have been turned away by Bangladeshi border officials, while scores have died trying to cross the Naf river -- which divides the two countries -- in makeshift boats and even on flotsam. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Sri Lanka's ex-army chief ready to testify against successor Sep 03, 2017 1 1025 Rohingyas mark Eid after fleeing to Bangladesh Sep 03, 2017 0 212 Pakistan will work to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan: FM Sep 03, 2017 0 293 Ex-Pakistan president Zardari says party not satisfied with verdict in Bhutto murder case DAWN NEWS ISLAMABAD THE FORMER president of Pakistan and co-chairman of the PPP, Asif Ali Zardari, told journalists that the party was"not satisfied"with the verdict of the Rawalpindi Ant-Terrorism Court (ATC) in the .. Pakistan girl killed in Indian firing on border AFP MUZAFFARABAD A FIVE-YEAR-OLD Pakistani girl was killed on Saturday after she was hit in the head by a bullet fired by Indian troops across the border in disputed Kashmir, officials said. The incident took place in .. Erdogan accuses Myanmar of 'genocide'against Rohingya Ankara, Sept 1, 2017 (AFP) -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday accused Myanmar of"genocide"against the Rohingya Muslim minority, who have fled in the tens of thousands across the border into Bangladesh .. Humanitarian crisis hits Bangladesh as nearly 60,000 Rohingya flee Myanmar COX'S BAZAR NEARLY 60,000 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since last week, adding pressure on the scarce resources of aid agencies and local communities already helping hundreds of ..