Thousands of Rohingyas gather at Bangladesh border

Thousands of Rohingyas have started gathering at Bangladesh border as fresh fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state between Rohingya insurgents and security forces.

Thousands of Rohingyas have started gathering at Bangladesh border as fresh fighting erupted in Myanmar’s northwestern Rakhine state between Rohingya insurgents and security forces.

On Thursday and Friday, they were found to be gathered in small groups at different points of the border, according to local residents.

Lieutenant Colonel Anwarul Azim, commander of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), said, “I was at the border area all day long on Friday. We believe that at least two thousand Rohingyas are on the border areas. We are ready to push them back. Our forces are shielded for 24 hours so that the Rohingyas cannot enter into Bangladesh.”
Last October too, Rohingyas had entered Bangladesh after same kind of clashes broke out between the Rohingyas and government forces in Rakhine state.

Asked whether such incident will happen again, Anwarul Azim said, “It is difficult to say. If the government forces do not torture them, Rohingya will not enter. Rohingayas are expected to come in large numbers if the government forces begin the campaign against them.”
Asked how the Rohingyas are intercepted at night, he said, “Rohingyas are not aggressive.”

Local journalist Shahjahan Chowdhury Shaheen said that on Friday morning, BGB sent 146 Rohingyas back home while they were crossing the Naf river in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar. Two hundred Rohingya families have taken shelter in Balukhali Camp in last two days, he added.

BGB Deputy Commander Major Saiful Islam Jamaddar said, “BGB has been on alert after the clash between Myanmar police and Arakan state rebels. We are also trying to prevent the Rohingya infiltration. In the morning, 146 people were sent back for trying to illegally enter.”

Meanwhile, according to Aung San Suu Kyi’s office, the number of people killed in clashes between Rohingya and government forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has increased to 71.
On Thursday, Myanmar government claimed that Rohingyas coordinated attacks on 24 police posts and tried to enter a military base.

Source: India Today

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