The number of Myanmar's Muslim Rohingya civilians seeking refuge abroad is rising as the military continues an allegedly brutal and indiscriminate crackdown in retaliation for attacks on security forces by a rebel group.

UN sources say 27,000 of the ethnic minority group have crossed the border into Bangladesh in the last week, while another 20,000 remain stranded in an area between the two countries.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports.

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