Saudi king sends £32m to embattled Burma Muslims

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King Abdullah has ordered $50m (£32m) in aid be sent to a Muslim minority in Burma, which a human rights group said had been targeted by the authorities since sectarian riots in June.

A report on the Saudi state news agency said the Rohingya community had been "exposed to many violations of human rights including ethnic cleansing, murder, rape and forced displacement".

Human Rights Watch said the Rohingya people had suffered mass arrests, killings and rapes at the hands of the Burmese security forces. There are at least 800,000 Rohingya in Burma, but they are not recognised as one of the country's many ethnic and religious groups.

Burma has said it exercised "maximum restraint" in quelling riots in June. Saudi Arabia sees itself as a guardian of global Muslim interests.

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