Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB) refused entry to 19 boats carrying Rohingya Muslims, attempted to flee the violence in Myanmar, from two border points of River Naf in Cox’s Bazar.
The boats were refused entry from Friday evening until Saturday morning.
BGB-2 Battalion Commanding Officer (CO) Lieutenant Colonel Abu Jar Al Jahid said the troopers pushed back 19 boats from zero point when the refugees tried to enter Bangladesh territory through the River Naf.
The BGB CO said the vessels were carrying around 250 Rohingyas.
At least 30,000 have been internally displaced in Rakhine and many have tried to reach Bangladesh over the last month despite heightened border patrols, and sought refuge amongst the Rohingya refugee population that already live on the Bangladesh side.
Violence in Rakhine — home to the stateless ethnic group loathed by many of Myanmar’s Buddhist majority — has surged in the last month after security forces poured into the area following a series of attacks on police posts blamed on local militants.
A UN official said last week Myanmar is engaged in ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims, as reports emerged of troops shooting at villagers as they tried to flee.
However, Myanmar’s new civilian government, led by Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, has rejected the allegations.