At least 300 more Rohingyas sneaked through the river Naf early Sunday and took shelter at Ledha unregistered camp at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar as Myanmar military continued crackdown on the religious minority community in Rakhine sate.
The newcomers said that the violent military crackdown continued with killing, burning down houses and business establishments of Rohingyas.
At least 34 people of four families of Kyariprang of Northern Maungdaw in Myanmar took shelter at their relatives’ makeshift houses at Rohingya refugee camp at Nayapara in the coastal district.
Several foreign diplomats in Dhaka said that they were getting reports from their embassy in Yangon that humanitarian situation in Rakhine states was getting worse with fresh crackdown on villages of Muslim minority people.
Noor Hamid, 27, of Kyeariprang of Northern Maungdaw told New Age that Myanmar militaries shot dead 18 people including his father on October 14.
Another 60 people were detained and taken to the army camp from the village.
‘Still we do not know if they are alive or not,’ he said.
Hamid said that they managed to flee from home before fire engulfed their home and business centres. ‘We took shelter at neighbouring village Naycadang. But after a day militaries set fire to the village where we took shelter,’ he said, adding that they managed to flee and took shelter inside mangrove forest near the river Naff.
‘Finally, we decided to leave homeland and crossed the river Naff on Saturday night,’ he added.
Dilshan Begum, 32, of Fouankhali village near Chawlaprang of Northern Maungdaw in Myanmar, entered Bangladesh and took shelter at the makeshift camp at Kutupalang village of Ukhiya upazila with her five children Sunday morning. She said that Myanmar military slaughtered her husband.
‘Military cordoned our village and created panic spraying bullets. At that time my husband, Noor Hasim, was fleeing from the violence, but soldiers caught and slaughtered him with a sharp weapon,’ she said.
‘At least 25 people including children and women of five families were burned to death when Myanmar military set fire to the houses locking the doors from outside,’ she told New Age at Kutupalang.
‘Later, we crossed the border through Mina Bazar point of the river Naff Saturday night,’ she said.
Several thousand Rohingya Muslims already left their homes amid clean-up campaign by the Myanmar military.
Several thousand were still waiting in mangrove forest and embankment of the river Naff as the religious minority group fleeing military crackdown in Rakhine, officials said.
They said that Myanmar military continued crackdown with putting total ban on access of aid workers and journalists to Rakhine state.
Myanmar army launched the crackdown on Muslims in Rakhine state after ‘miscreants’ allegedly attacked several cops on border outposts along the border in the first week of October.
Cox’s Bazar Rakhine, Hindu, Buddha and Christian Oikkya Parishad on Sunday formed a human chain in front of the office of the deputy commissioner protesting at the killing of Rohingyas in Rakhine state of Myanmar, according to the United News of Bangladesh.
They also demanded to take back Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel peace prize, which was given for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.
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