The United Nations refugee agency says an estimated 270,000 Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two weeks.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said the numbers are so alarming-it really means that we have to step up our response to address the situation in Myanmar urgently.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley said United States will continue to urge Myanmar security forces to respect civilians as it conducts security operations.

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