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Rohingya refugees wait for food near the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh on Sept. 6 after crossing the Myanmar border.   © Reuters

Rohingya refugee camps over capacity as 270,000 flee: UNHCR

Muslim minority seeks shelter in Bangladesh as Myanmar forces, insurgents clash

YUICHI NITTA, Nikkei staff writer | Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos

YANGON -- An estimated 270,000 members of Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in the past two weeks alone to escape violence at home, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Friday.

"The limited shelter capacity is already exhausted," the office said. "Refugees are now squatting in makeshift shelters that have mushroomed along the road and on available land."

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