Iran has sent its first relief aid to Bangladesh for tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims after they fled what has been called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by the UN.
Morteza Salimi, the head of the Iranian Red Crescent Society, said that Iran is ready to send another 160 tons of aid for the fleeing Rohingya minority, and is also ready to construct emergency camps for the refugees on the Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar.
Ebrahim Rahimpour, the deputy for Asia & Pacific affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry told reporters ahead of the flight that due to the nature of the flight route, Iran’s embassy in Bangladesh has made efforts to facilitate the delivery of the goods.
Rahimpour expressed hopes that Iran’s help would continue and that easier routes via maritime transport would be added for aid shipments to those fleeing to Bangladesh from Myanmar government’s violence.
The latest figures show that some 391,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh since violence began late last month, making it one of the fastest growing refugee crises in recent years.
Since the violence erupted, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been under fire by the international community and rights groups for allowing the government forces and the Buddhist mobs to further impose a violent clampdown on the desperate minority.