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NEWS- Fifteen Hurt in Clashes in Bu
- Subject: NEWS- Fifteen Hurt in Clashes in Bu
- From: BurmaJapan@xxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 12 Nov 1997 14:18:00
Fifteen Hurt in Clashes in Burmese Refugee Camp
COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Nov 11 (Reuters) - At
least 15 people were injured in clashes between
police and inmates at a camp for Burmese refugees
in southeastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, police
They said one of the injured was a police officer.
Others were refugees.
The fighting broke out after one group of Moslem
refugees, called Rohingyas, prevented an attempt
by others to shelter Burmese ``militants'' in the
Nayapara camp, police said. They did not identify
The Nayapara camp, not far from the Burmese
border, houses over 12,000 of the 21,000
Rohingyas which have been awaiting repatriation to
Burma for years.
They were among 250,000 Rohingyas who fled to
Bangladesh in early 1992 to escape alleged military
persecution in west Burma's Moslem-majority state
of Arakan, which borders Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar
Nearly 230,000 refugees had returned home under
supervision of the U.N. High Commissioner for
Refugees (UNHCR) before the process was
abruptly halted last April.
Bangladeshi officials said they were discussing with
Burma's military junta how to resume the
repatriation process. They gave no details.