More than 1,600 Rohingya head for remote Bangladesh island, navy official says

Reuters | Dhaka | Updated: 04-12-2020 10:11 IST | Created: 04-12-2020 09:40 IST
More than 1,600 Rohingya head for remote Bangladesh island, navy official says
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More than 1,600 Rohingya refugees sailed on Friday from Bangladesh's southern port of Chittagong for the remote island of Bhasan Char in the Bay of Bengal, a naval official said. The south Asian nation says moving the refugees will ease chronic overcrowding in camps that are home to more than 1 million Rohingya, members of a Muslim minority who have fled neighbouring Myanmar.

But refugees and humanitarian workers say have some of the Rohingya had been co-erced, despite government assertions that none would be forced to go. The naval official said the Rohingya were aboard seven boats, with two more carrying supplies.

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