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Rohingyas form human chain to protest violence at border

Rohingyas in no-man’s land demand security measures.


Several Rohingyas in Bangladesh on Tuesday formed a human chain in the Tumbru no-man’s land protesting violence along the country’s border with Myanmar.

They said they were passing their days in fear of further escalation of violence.

Rohingya leader Dil Mohammad said they had written to the United Nations seeking security.

Rohingyas at the protest said they had also told the UN that the Myanmar junta could launch an attack on those living in the no-man’s land, demanding safety measures and swift repatriation.

There had been multiple attempts since the 2017 Myanmar military crackdown to evict the Rohingyas taking shelter at Gumdhum zero line, they said, before claiming that the military regime was now trying to finish them off.

The recent mortar shelling and firing near the border area was intentional, they alleged.

On Friday night, a 17-year-old-Rohingya boy named Mohammad Iqbal was killed and five others were injured when a mortar shell fired by the Myanmar army exploded at the Zero Point Rohingya Camp close to the international border in Tumbru, Bandarban.

The deceased and injured were all residents of the Zero Point Rohingya Camp, the camp closest to the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

Four mortar shells landed in succession at the Rohingya camp at around 8pm.

Earlier, a youth named Anganthowai Tanchangya was seriously injured in a landmine explosion along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Naikhongchhari on Friday noon. Locals said the Myanmar army had planted mines in the area.

Twelve mortar shells have been fired by the Myanmar army into Bangladesh territory as of Monday.


(c) 2022, Dhaka Tribune



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