A high-ranking United Nations official says attacks on Rohingya Muslims appear to be continuing in Myanmar and it is not yet safe for the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh to begin returning to their homes.

During a Wednesday visit to the immense Kutupalong refugee camp, Justin Forsyth, the deputy executive director of UNICEF, said that many Rohingya want to return eventually to their villages in Myanmar.

But he also says refugees speaking to relatives inside Myanmar reported continuing violence, making it unsafe for repatriations to begin.

Myanmar and Bangladesh have signed agreements to start repatriations but Bangladesh says more time is needed amid questions over the Rohingya safety and willingness.