More than a million Rohingya live in camps in southern Bangladesh, which includes the world’s largest refugee settlements.
A Rohingya teenager was killed and at least six injured when a mortar shell fired from Myanmar exploded inside Bangladesh, local officials and a Rohingya leader said.
Dil Mohammed, a young man was killed by a mortar attack late on Friday. Leader of the Rohingya in an area designated as no-man’s land – a strip of land along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border where a An estimated 4,000 Rohingya live.
“We are living here in constant fear. Mohammed told Reuters on Saturday that at any moment disaster could strike.
Local media in Bangladesh said people in the area reported that five mortars were fired from Myanmar territory and three exploded at around 20:30 local time (14:30 GMT) on Friday night.
The victim was identified by Bangladesh’s The Daily Star as Iqbal Hossain Bari (18 years old). Four Bangladeshi citizens were also injured, according to the news organization.
A Bangladeshi government and border guard official said that Myanmar would strongly object to the incident.
He said mortar shells exploded at No Man’s Land in Konarpara on the Tumbru border of the Ghumdhum federation in upazila, killing a young Rohingya man Iqbal Hossain Bari (18 years old) and injuring four other Bangladeshis.#Bangladesh #Myanmar #Rohingya https://t.co/FUEvCBwCCp
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More than a million Rohingya are living in makeshift camps in southern Bangladesh including the world’s largest refugee settlement, The majority fled Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017.
The Rohingya have also been trapped in the fire between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army, an armed group fighting for self-determination for ethnic minorities in Rakhine state.
Bangladesh this month released a statement expressing serious concern about mortars landing inside Bangladesh, as well as “indiscriminate aerial fire from Myanmar in border areas and the space breach from Myanmar”.
Myanmar’s special envoy to Dhaka has been convened three times in recent weeks and the concerns of the Bangladeshi government have been voiced.