The Muslim refugees had drowned in the rough waters when their rickety boat overturned halfway in the wide and deep river. Also Wednesday, Bangladesh's border guards turned back 171 Rohingya after detaining them at different border points over the last two days, said Col. S.M. Ariful Islam, a director of the Border Guard Bangladesh.
When the fleet reached near Shahparir Dwip, one of the boats capsized and sank when all 25 passengers went missing around 3:30am. The alleged assaults were launched in response to a government clampdown in the area, where over a million Rohingya are based.
They reside mostly in the western region of Rakhine state in Myanmar.
Rohingya Muslims are a persecuted minority in Myanmar, which is predominantly Buddhist.
Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are now reported to be fleeing towards Bangladesh.
The Rohingya, the world's largest stateless minority and subject to severe restrictions on their movements, are barred from officially crossing. "We condemn ARSA's attacks, but the Burmese military's wholly disproportionate assault on Rohingya civilians is a continuation of its persecution of the Rohingyas and may amount to further crimes against humanity, war crimes and ethnic cleansing".
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Ali Hossain, Cox's Bazar district's top government official, told The Associated Press that their resources were under huge stress after some 87,000 Rohingya entered Bangladesh since October previous year and now another 18,000 in just one week.
Myanmar has evacuated thousands of Buddhists from Rakhine since the start of the fighting that has mainly killed Rohingya insurgents but also security force personnel, according to the Myanmar government. "They then contacted the police".
Hundreds are stranded in no-man's-land along the border as they seek to escape a wave of collective punishment for separatist attacks.
"All 70 were detained and later pushed back to Myanmar by the border guards", local police chief Abul Khaer told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
It claims Rohingya insurgents are responsible for burning the villages, though fleeing residents say the army has been torching their homes and summarily shooting civilians. "It is surely time for the UN Security Council, the UN Human Rights Council and other relevant bodies to take stronger collective action by invoking the "Responsibility to Protect" if the Burmese authorities remain unable or unwilling to take action to end this crisis".