YANGON, Myanmar -- The official death toll for this month's communal clashes in western Myanmar rose to 62 on Thursday as Bangladesh's security forces detained more Rohingya Muslims fleeing the violence and prepared to send them back.

Bangladesh has turned back more than 2,000 Rohingyas who tried to enter the country after the deadly violence between Rohingyas and ethnic Rakhine Buddhists erupted this month in neighboring Myanmar.

A total of 62 people had been killed and dozens wounded between June 8 and 19 in the sectarian unrest, Rakhine state spokesman Win Myaing said Thursday.

He said the last reported deaths occurred Tuesday in Yathetaung township, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of the Rakhine state capital, Sittwe, when clashes took 12 lives, including two Muslims. Security forces restored calm there on Wednesday, he said.

On Thursday, Bangladesh detained 16 new Rohingyas fleeing the violence – men between ages 20 and 30, said Lt. Col. Zahid Hasan, a commander of Bangladesh's border troops. Hasan said they will be provided food and medicine for their journey, but did not say when.

Human rights groups have urged Bangladesh to accept the refugees. Dhaka says its resources are too strained.

"We are too scared to stay in Myanmar," one of the detainees, Aminul Islam, told reporters. "Even the army in Myanmar is harassing us."

Resentment between the communities is long-standing. Myanmar considers the Rohingya to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and denies them citizenship. Bangladesh says Rohingyas have been living in Myanmar for centuries and should be recognized there as citizens.

In Rakhine, thousands of homes have been burned down, and tens of thousands people displaced by the unrest.

Residents of Sittwe, which was the target of violence last week, said by phone Thursday that the city's main market is still closed, though commercial banks have reopened.

Earlier on HuffPost:

Loading Slideshow...
  • Muslims villagers are relocated to secure areas in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is ongoing Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Myanmar policemen walk towards burning buildings in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence IS ongoing Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Soldiers keep watch as fleeing Muslims from villages are relocated to secure areas in Sittwe, the capital of the Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is ongoing Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Myanmar policemen walk towards burning buildings in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is ongoing Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Myanmar policemen walk toward burning buildings in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is ongoing Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Smokes and flames billow from burning buildings in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is ongoing Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Ethnic Rakhine Buddhist monks gather at Sule Pagoda in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Aye Aye Win)

  • A Rohingya protester cries as he holds a placard during a rally to call for an end to the ongoing unrest and violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/ Vincent Thian)

  • Rohingya protesters hold placards during a rally to call for an end to the ongoing unrest and violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tuesday, June 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

  • A person throws a bucket of water at a house engulfed in flames in Sittwe, Myanmar, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Kihn Maung Win)

  • Smokes and flames are billowing from burning buildings at a village in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence are ongoing Monday, June. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Local residences taking refuge at a monastery in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is impacting on the local population Monday Junee 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Local residences take refuge at a monastery in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is impacting on the local population Monday June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Local residences push a trishaw vehicle carrying their belongings at a village in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence is impacting on the local population Monday June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Smokes and flames billow from the burnt buildings at a village in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence are ongoing Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • Children take refugee at a monastery in Sittwe, capital of Rakhine state in western Myanmar, where sectarian violence goes on Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)

  • People look on a house engulfed in flames in Sittwe, Myanmar, Monday, June 11, 2012. With fearful residents cowering indoors, security forces patrolling a tense town in western Myanmar collected bodies Monday from the debris of homes burned down over the weekend in some of the country's deadliest sectarian bloodshed in years. (AP Photo/Kihn Maung Win)

  • A Buddhist monk stands in the debris of burned houses still smoldering in Sittwe, Myanmar, Monday, June 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Kihn Maung Win)

  • Rohingya protesters gather in front of a United Nations regional office building to call for an end to the ongoing unrest and violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State, in Bangkok on June 11, 2012. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/GettyImages)