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Protest in Gaza slams world inaction over Burma Muslims

July 18, 2012 8:42 P.M. (Updated: July 19, 2012 8:27 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) -- Dozens of Palestinians protested in Gaza City on Wednesday slamming world inaction over violence against Muslims in Burma.

The demonstrators burnt American and Burmese flags and photos of Burma’s president Thein Sein.

"We stand here in front of the UN headquarters which did nothing to what the Muslims are being exposed to," a spokesman of the protesters said.

"We stand in Palestine in support of the Muslims of whom more than 2,000 were killed and more than 90,000 were displaced while the media is busy with other issues."

He called on the international community to stop what he called the “genocide” against Muslims, urging Arab and Muslim leaders to condemn the crimes.

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims were displaced after sectarian violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state last month.

Tension between the mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims and majority Buddhists flared into violence that killed at least 80 people last month.

Many Rohingya Muslims have lived in the state for generations but are not recognized as citizens of Myanmar.

Reuters contributed to this report
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