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Rohingya crisis a tragedy of 'dramatic scale': UN refugee chief

Concern expressed over situation despite claims of improved conditions

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, center, addresses reporters Thursday.

UNITED NATIONS -- Myanmar's Rohingya crisis is a "human tragedy on a dramatic scale, the head of the U.N. refugee agency told the Security Council on Thursday, warning the international community that unabated violence has continued to send refugees into neighboring Bangladesh.

"The number of people forcibly displaced worldwide is now approaching 66 million, up from 42 million in 2009," said Filippo Grandi, high commissioner for refugees. "The sharp rise in forced displacement reflects weaknesses in international cooperation and declining capacity to prevent, contain and resolve conflicts," he said.

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