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Bangladesh seals off border with Myanmar amid fresh influx of refugees

DHAKA: Bangladesh has sealed off its border with Myanmar to stop further influx of refugees fleeing the afflicted Rakhine state, foreign minister A K Abdul Momen has mentioned and claimed that the rustic's army is now focused on the majority Buddhists and Hindus after cracking down on minority Rohingya Muslims.

Over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken shelter in Bangladesh after fleeing from Rakhine state in neighbouring Myanmar to evade atrocities, which the UN known as "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", following the action via the army in August 2017.

Momen mentioned the earlier assaults have been in opposition to Muslims, but now the Buddhists and different ethnic teams are also being focused.

"This is humorous. Earlier, the assaults have been in opposition to Muslims, but now the Buddhists and different ethnic teams are also being focused.”

"Myanmar violence between Rakhine army and Myanmar army [two insurgents groups] is forcing people from other ethnic religious teams – Buddhist and Hindu – to check out come to Bangladesh to avoid wasting themselves,” he mentioned.

“We won't accept any one. We have kind of sealed off the border,” he added.

"We can't take any more of them (Myanmar refugees). The border with Myanmar is almost sealed off," he advised newshounds before departing for New Delhi.

Momen is visiting India on his maiden in another country excursion since Prime Minster Sheikh Hasina shaped the government for the third consecutive terms after successful the December 30 basic elections.

He mentioned that Bangladesh has opened its border and allowed sufficient of the influx of refugees opening the border "now it is better if others (other countries) open their frontiers for them (refugees)".

Meanwhile, paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) mentioned they despatched a detachment to implement a vigil in its far flung frontiers with Myanmar in bordering Bandndarban's Ruma house.

Police mentioned about 150 Myanmar nationals, including 38 Buddhist households, crossed the border.

"We have sent a detachment to Ruma frontiers to enforce a stringent vigil against fresh influx. The borders with Myanmar remained sealed off while only legal movement is underway through the Ukhia and Teknaf frontiers," BGB's region commander Brigadier General Ainul Morshed Khan mentioned.

Police leader of the bordering Bandarban district Mohammad Kamruzzaman mentioned 38, mostly Buddhist, households sneaked into Bangladesh in a single day in view of the "internal conflict" in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

Reports counsel preventing between the Myanmar army and the rebel Arakan army compelled masses to escape their home to take shelter in Bangladesh and India.

Acknowledging the file, the foreign minister mentioned, "We have heard that different ethnic and religious groups including Buddhists and Hindus, this time apart from (Rohingya) Muslims, are trying to enter Bangladesh amid fresh violence in Myanmar."

Earlier in the day, Momen met with particular UN envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener and Hollywood celebrity and a different UNHCR envoy Angelina Jolie who two days in Bangladesh's southeastern Cox's Bazar where over one million Rohingya Muslims had been taking shelter after fleeing a brutal army crackdown at their place of birth.

The 43-year-old Hollywood actor arrived right here the day prior to this and visited a refugee camp in Teknaf close to the Myanmar border.

Momen mentioned he advised the UN envoy that Bangladesh was once upset seeing that as an alternative of mounting pressures, some giant international locations nonetheless stored "all kinds of bilateral relations including trade with Myanmar".

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