TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, denounce the ongoing violence against Muslim people of Myanmar as genocide and crimes against humanity.

In comments on Friday, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum decried the international community’s muted response to the terrifying crimes against Rohingya Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

He also urged the entire Arab and Muslim world as well as the international organizations to offer immediate assistance to the oppressed Muslims in Myanmar and alleviate their suffering.

The Palestinian group also called on the international community to intervene in the crisis and bring the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.

The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have long faced severe discrimination and were the targets of violence in 2012 that killed hundreds and drove about 140,000 people from their homes to camps for the internally displaced.

Nearly 150,000 Muslims have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh in less than two weeks, officials said.

In a rare letter to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern that the violence in Rakhine could spiral into a “humanitarian catastrophe”.

The Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) said on Tuesday that the persecution is backed by the government, elements among the country's Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.