Rohingya Muslim civilians escaping violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State say the military has murdered, raped and set homes of civilians on fire - allegations denied by the government. The UN says more than 70,000 Rohingya have sought safety in neighbouring Bangladesh over the last 10 days.

Foreign governments and organisations fear Rohingya villages are being subject to collective punishment after an armed group on August 25 attacked police posts and an army base in the western region of Rakhine.

Some relief agencies say they have stopped distributing humanitarian aid to Rohingya civilians because they are worried about the safety of their staff in doing so.

Al Jazeera's Florence Looi reports from Myanmar's capital Yangon.

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