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BGB sends back 107 Rohingyas

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By Abdul Aziz
November 29, 2016

Border Guard Bangladesh in Cox's Bazar district have pushed back a total of 107 Rohingya Muslims who fled the country in the face of ongoing crackdown in Rakhain state by Myanmar troops.

Cox's Bazar -- Two BGB battalions prevented the trespassing at different points of the Naf river and Ghundhum area on Tuesday morning.

Teknaf 2 BGB Commander Abujar Al-Zahid said they sent back at least 70 Rohingyas boarded in seven boats till 7am while they were trying to enter Bangladesh illegally through four border points on the Naf river.

However, the commander could not specify the exact entry points.

On the other hand, Cox’s Bazar 34 BGB Commander Imran Ullah Sarkar said they pushed back 37 Rohingyas from Ghundhum border around 8am.

The 37 included 13 children, 14 women and 10 men, he added.

The commander continued that BGB has so far sent back 453 Rohingyas this month.

Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims tried to cross into Bangladesh illegally after Myanmar troops launched a crackdown in the Rakhine state in response to attacks on three border posts on October 9 that killed nine police officers.

Bangladesh has stepped up security along its border with Myanmar to prevent influx of Rohingyas fleeing violence in the Rakhine state that has killed at least 86 people and displaced 30,000 others.

Myanmar and the military have denied accusations by Rohingyas and rights groups of raping women, torching houses and killing civilians during their operations.

Myanmar does not recognise the Rohingyas as its citizens and dubs them ‘Bangali’. Rohingyas, who managed to land in Bangladesh, have taken shelter at refugee camps and other places in Cox’s Bazar.

Bangladesh has so far pushed back thousands of Rohingyas.

The latest violence is the most serious since the 2012 communal clashes. Many have criticised Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi for her silence although her party is in power.

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