Rohingya killed in gunfight

Four Rohingya refugees were killed during a gunfight between two insurgent groups in Bangladesh, police said, in the latest sign of deteriorating security in the country’s overcrowded relief camps.

Bangladesh is home to around a million members of the stateless minority, most of whom fled a 2017 military crackdown in Myanmar that is now subject to a UN genocide probe.

The dozens of squalid refugee camps housing the Rohingya have emerged as a battleground between rival armed groups who have used the settlements as staging posts for drug trafficking and human smuggling.

Local police chief Shamim Hossain said yesterday that an hourlong shootout took place between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) and Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) on Tuesday night.

“Four Rohingya refugees were killed and two Rohingya were seriously injured,” he added.

The RSO has been challenging the larger and more established Arsa for control of the camps since the start of the year, coinciding with a crackdown on Arsa by Bangladeshi security forces.

Violence has long been a fact of life for those living in the refugee settlements.

Police say more than 60 Rohingya refugees have been killed in Bangladeshi camp clashes this year, including women and children.

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Sunday it was “alarmed by the continuing deterioration of security conditions in the camps”.

Malnutrition is also widespread, with the UN food agency saying a funding shortfall this year had forced it to cut rations by a third.

Those Rohingya remaining in Myanmar face severe persecution by authorities who deny them citizenship and access to healthcare.

The desperate situation both there and in the Bangladeshi camps has prompted thousands of Rohingya to embark upon dangerous and often deadly sea trips to Southeast Asian countries to escape.

More than 1,000 landed in Indonesia’s westernmost province last month, the biggest wave of Rohingya since 2015.

Nearly 350 Rohingya died or went missing last year while attempting hazardous sea crossings, the UNHCR has estimated. — AFP

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!



Next In Aseanplus News

China disappointed over US veto on Israel-Hamas ceasefire vote
Meta, Alphabet pushed to enter deals with news companies
Hun Sen’s youngest son Hun Many promoted as deputy PM
High price for motherhood
Highest weather alert issued as temperatures plunge
Joko promotes loyalist to his team
South Korean medical trainees may face legal action over protest
Thaksin gets visit from old ally Hun Sen
Defeated candidates call for probe into alleged election irregularities
Cannabis crackdown in full bloom

Others Also Read