United Nations: More than 1,000 dead in Burmese violence

The toll of violence in Rakhine State in western Burma could exceed 1,000, more than twice the government figures, a senior UN official said on Friday.

“There may have been about 1,000 or more people killed,” said Yang Li, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Burma. “Maybe the dead on both sides but the vast majority of the Rohingyas.”

The United Nations said on Thursday that more than a quarter of a million people, mostly Rohingya refugees, had entered Bangladesh since the latest outbreak of violence in Burma last October, while more bodies were found the day after drowned boats trying to cross the river separating the two countries.