Bangladesh summons Myanmar envoy over border live fire incident

Two people were injured on the Myanmar border with Bangladesh, an area that has seen the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar persecution. The Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday summoned Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh Lwin Oo and strongly protested Myanmar’s Border Guard Police firing multiple rounds towards Bangladesh territory. Lwin Oo was summoned […]

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Rohingyas have been fleeing Myanmar since August last year. Photo Courtesy: The Daily Star

November 8, 2018

Two people were injured on the Myanmar border with Bangladesh, an area that has seen the mass exodus of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar persecution.

The Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday summoned Myanmar Ambassador to Bangladesh Lwin Oo and strongly protested Myanmar’s Border Guard Police firing multiple rounds towards Bangladesh territory.

Lwin Oo was summoned at the offices of the ministry’s Director General of South East Asia Wing Delwar Hossain at 3:30pm where Dhaka handed over a strongly worded protest note demanding actions against the Myanmar force personnel involved in the incident.

Myanmar BGP personnel opened fire towards Bangladesh territory on November 4 injuring two young boys — a Bangladesh national and a Rohingya person of Myanmar, who was living in a Cox’s Bazar refugee camp.

However, sources said the Myanmar side denied that the incident took place.

Over 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh to escape what rights groups called systemic persecution.

A repatriation plan is due to begin later this month but the refugees are refusing to return saying they fear for their lives.

A UN investigation panel revealed crimes against humanity committed by the Myanmar army including arson, rape and executions.

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