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    Rohingya refugees queue for aid at a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. | Photo: Reuters

Published 28 September 2017

Hundreds of Rohingya have died in their attempts to flee state violence.

China has sent its second delivery of relief supplies to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh fleeing state violence in Myanmar.

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Some 53 tons of supplies including tents and blankets were delivered, bringing the total from the two shipments to 110 tons of aid.

The supplies are set to be delivered in Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong region where the refugees are gathered.

In the wake of the crisis, countries such as India, Morocco, and Indonesia have also donated supplies.

The Rohingya community, in the Rakhine state in Myanmar, has been under a military siege since October 2016 but has long been subjected to violence by extremists.

The attacks escalated on August 25, resulting in hundreds of Rohingya fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh. Hundreds have died in their attempts to flee.

The Myanmar government sees the Rohingya, considered by the United Nations as the “most persecuted minority group in the world,” as “illegal immigrants” from Bangladesh. The Rohingya, however, claim roots in the region dating back centuries.

The government of Aung San Suu Kyi has also prevented U.N. officials from investigating the situation, in addition to preventing aid agencies from delivering supplies to refugees.

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