4 Rohingya killed in Bangladesh refugee camp shootout

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The dozens of squalid refugee camps housing the Rohingya have emerged as a battleground between rival armed teams who’ve used the settlements as staging posts for drug trafficking and human smuggling. File (For Representative function solely)
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Four Rohingya refugees had been killed throughout a gunfight between two rebel teams in Bangladesh, police stated Wednesday, within the newest signal of deteriorating safety within the nation’s overcrowded reduction camps.

Bangladesh is house to round 1,000,000 members of the stateless and primarily Muslim minority, most of whom fled a 2017 army crackdown in Myanmar that’s now topic to a UN genocide probe.

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

Local police chief Shamim Hossain advised AFP that an hourlong shootout befell between the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) and Rohingya Solidarity Organisation (RSO) on Tuesday evening.

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

Neither group gave speedy touch upon the conflict.

The RSO has been difficult the bigger and extra established ARSA for management of the camps for the reason that begin of the yr, coinciding with a crackdown on ARSA by Bangladeshi safety forces.

Violence has lengthy been a reality of life for these residing within the refugee settlements.

Police say greater than 60 Rohingya refugees have been killed in Bangladeshi camp clashes this yr, together with girls and kids.

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

Malnutrition can also be widespread, with the UN meals company saying a funding shortfall this yr had compelled it to chop rations by a 3rd.

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

The determined scenario each there and within the Bangladeshi camps has prompted 1000’s of Rohingya to embark upon harmful and infrequently lethal sea journeys to Southeast Asian nations to flee.

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

Nearly 350 Rohingya died or went lacking final yr whereas making an attempt hazardous sea crossings, the UNHCR has estimated.



Content Source: www.thehindu.com

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