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Myanmar blocks all UN aid to civilians at heart of Rohingya crisis

Exclusive: Military offensive against insurgents leaves thousands stranded without life-saving supplies

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Rohingya Muslims fleeing military operations in Myanmar’s Rakhine state make their way to Bangladesh. Photograph: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

Myanmar has blocked all United Nations aid agencies from delivering vital supplies of food, water and medicine to thousands of desperate civilians at the centre of a bloody military campaign against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority, the Guardian has learned.

The UN halted distributions in northern Rakhine state after militants attacked government forces on 25 August and the army responded with a counteroffensive that has killed hundreds of people.

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