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Bangladesh starts fencing Rohingya camps

BALUKHALI, DEC 10 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 12/10/2019 12:29:15 PM IST

The Bangladeshi military has started erecting fences around camps housing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees despite complaints from community leaders and rights groups.

An AFP correspondent on Tuesday (Dec 10) saw troops in military fatigues erecting pillars for barbed-wire fences around one large camp at Balukhali in the southeastern border district Cox’s Bazar.
Bangladesh’s refugee commissioner Mahhbub Alam Talukder confirmed to AFP that construction had begun but declined to comment further.
Army chief General Aziz Ahmed said late last month that army engineers had begun erecting the pillars and that the military has “placed orders” for barbed wire.
The camps house nearly a million members of the mostly Muslim Rohingya minority, around 750,000 of whom fled a military offensive in neighbouring Myanmar in August 2017.
Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was due to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Tuesday against charges of genocide.
 

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