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March 31, 2019

Bangladesh stops Rohingyas trying to get to Malaysia

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March 31, 2019

TEKNAF, Bangladesh: Bangladesh security forces stopped 29 people, mostly Rohingya Muslims, from being smuggled to Malaysia in rickety fishing boats, officials said on Saturday, the latest group prevented from leaving squalid refugee camps.

Lieutenant Commander Mahmud Hasan said Bangladesh Coast Guard forces found 16 women, seven children and six men waiting for the boat along the coast of the southern Saint Martin’s Island early on Saturday.

“Among them 22 are Rohingya refugees from the Cox’s Bazar camps and the rest are Bangladeshis. We have also arrested three human traffickers with a boat,” Hasan told reporters.

The official said they have handed over the traffickers to the police and sent the refugees back to Kutupalong, the largest refugee camp in the world.

About 740,000 of the Muslim minority fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, escaping a military crackdown in the Buddhist-majority nation in August 2017, and joining some 300,000 Rohingya already living in the overcrowded camps. —AFP

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