Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Bangladesh turns away more Muslims fleeing Myanmar
TEKNAF, Bangladesh (AFP) - Bangladesh border guards pushed back three more boats carrying about 100 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, officials said on Tuesday.
Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) teams intercepted the boats carrying Rohingya people as they tried to enter Bangladesh on Monday night over the Naf river that separates the nations, BGB Major Shafiqur Rahman said.
'The three boats were carrying 103 Rohingya, including 81 women and children, who were coming from Akyab (Sittwe),' he told AFP.
The boats were detained and later returned to Myanmar territory, he said, adding the BGB had turned away 11 boats carrying more than 400 Rohingya since Monday.