An worldwide aid group estimates that at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in Myanmar's Rakhine State in violence that broke out there in late August, according to a statement made available Thursday.
The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on Friday sought to up pressure on the country's government over the whereabouts of two Reuters journalists who have been held captive for days, according to reports.
The military crackdown began on 25 August after Rohingya Arsa militants attacked more than 30 police posts.
Myanmar's army has claimed 400 have died since the start of the crisis.
He added that MSF's findings showed more than 59% of children below the age of five who were killed were reportedly shot, 15% burnt to death in their homes, 7% beaten to death and 2% killed in landmine blasts.
"The peak in deaths coincides with the launch of the latest "clearance operations" by Myanmar (Burma) security forces in the last week of August", said MSF medical director Sidney Wong.
Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed to cooperate on the repatriation of the displaced Rohingya but rights groups have cautioned against any hasty return before peace and stability is restored.
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The figure of 6,700 people who were killed through violence represents "the most conservative" estimate, MSF said.
Though more than a million ethnic Rohingya Muslims have lived in the country for generations, they were stripped of their citizenship, denied nearly all rights and labelled stateless. The military operation, which many including United Nations calls as an "ethnic cleansing" led to a mass displacement of Rohingya civilians into Bangladesh. The government does not use the term Rohingya but calls them Bengali Muslims.
Gunshot wounds were the cause of death in 69 percent of the cases, according to the survey.
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MSF said the agreement was "premature" pointing out that "currently people are still fleeing" and reports of violence have come even in recent weeks.
Myanmar's elected civilian government has not been forthcoming with information about Rakhine, nor has it allowed independent monitors to access the state.
Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, Nov 12, 2017.