Date
6 December 2016
Rohingya Muslims await processing outside a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Monday. Photo: Reuters
Rohingya Muslims await processing outside a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Monday. Photo: Reuters

More Rohingyas flee to Bangladesh as violence spreads in Myanmar

More Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar poured into neighboring Bangladesh this week in a bid to flee violence that has killed at least 86 people and displaced 30,000.

Some of the refugees have been missing since Tuesday after a group crossed the River Naaf that separates Myanmar and Bangladesh, Reuters reports.

Those who managed to enter Bangladesh sought shelter in refugee camps or people’s homes, the news agency said.

“There was a group of people from our village who crossed the river by boat to come here, but suddenly the boat sank,” said Humayun Kabir, the father of three children who have been missing since the mishap.

Although many of those on board could swim, and were able to reach the river bank, seven people remain missing, he added, his children among them.

Myanmar troops poured into the western state of Rakhine along the frontier with Bangladesh in response to coordinated attacks on three border posts on Oct. 9 that killed nine police officers.

Rohingya residents and human rights groups accuse the military and border guard forces of raping Rohingya women, torching houses and killing civilians during operations there.

The Myanmar government and military deny the accusations.

The violence is the most serious since hundreds were killed in communal clashes in Rakhine in 2012, and poses the biggest test yet for the eight-month-old administration of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.

Many people in mainly Buddhist Myanmar regard the country’s 1.1 million Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The Dhaka government summoned Myanmar’s ambassador on Wednesday to express concern at the situation.

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