Dhaka, Bangladesh
Myanmar army fires on Rohingyas

Myanmar army fires on Rohingyas

Hundreds of refugees entering country everyday

COX'S BAZAR, Aug 28: Several hundred Rohingya nationals intruded into Bangladesh on Monday morning as Myanmar Army fired gunshots on them at no man's land near Jalpaitoli border in Ghungdhum upazila amid escalating tension in Myanmar's Rakhine state, reports UNB. Ghungdhum Upazila chairman Jahangir Aziz said the Rohingya refugees, being chased by Myanmar forces, had been gathering at no man's land since Saturday where they were provided with water, food and necessary medication. The number of fleeing Rohingyas at no man's land crossed 1000 this morning, he said. After seeing the crowd of Rohingyas at the no man's land, Myanmar forces started firing on them indiscriminately and started chasing them at one stage, he said. Amid the firing, several hundred Rohingya refugees intruded into Bangladesh breaking the BGB defense and fled to different areas. In the afternoon, BGB men managed to bring together 300-400 Rohingyas at Jalpaitoli for sending them back to Myanmar. Meanwhile, classes in six schools, including five primary ones, were suspended in Ghungdhum this morning as students got scared with continuous rattles of gunshots and explosions along the border, said headmaster of Tumburu Primary School Hamidul Haque. Earlier in the morning, members of BGB sent back 141 Rohingyas through different points of Bangladesh-Myanmar border. At least 89 people were killed as militants besieged border posts in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar on Friday. The attack triggered a fresh influx of refugees towards Bangladesh. A total of 12 security officials had been killed alongside 77 'militants', Myanmar authorities said. Myanmar government has long been denying Rohingya Muslims their citizenship and classified them as 'illegal immigrants'. UNB adds: Nine more Rohingyas, who sustained bullet wounds by security forces in Rakhine State of Myanmar, were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital on Monday. With the nine, the total number of injured Rohingyas at CMCH reaches 16 in last three days. Of them, Mohammad Musa, 22, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, said sub-inspector Jahirul Islam, in-charge of CMCH police outpost. The injured are identified as Ziabul, 27, son of Nuruzzaman, Md Elias, 20, son of Hamid Hossain, Md Toha, 16, son of Hossain Ahmed, and Mubarak Hossain, 25, son of Nabi Hossian-hailed from different areas of Maungdaw in Myanmar. The Rohingyas entered Bangladesh through several points along the Teknaf border following the fresh violence in Rakhine State in Myanmar. Ziabul's younger brother Md Yakub said, "Members of Myanmar security forces set fire on their houses in Maungdaw area. Many people sustained bullet wounds. He along with his family members entered Bangladesh crossing Teknaf border at night. He took three injured, including his brother, to CMCH." The injured were undergoing treatment at wards no 26 and 28 of CMCH. Several bullet marks on different parts of their bodies were found, SI Jahirul added.

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