Drones buzzing Bangladesh?
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Bangladeshi authorities summoned Myanmar’s envoy to protest what they said were violations of their airspace as the number of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in western Myanmar in the past three weeks reached more than 400,000.
Myanmar’s presidential spokesman Saturday said there’s no evidence of any trespassing and that Dhaka should have reached out to discuss its concerns instead of issuing public statements.
The Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Friday Myanmar drones and helicopters flew into Bangladeshi airspace Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.
It said a protest note was handed to Myanmar’s envoy Friday night.
Bangladesh warned that the “provocative acts” could lead to consequences.
United Nations agencies say an estimated 409,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when deadly attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group on police posts prompted Myanmar’s military to launch “clearance operations” in Rakhine state.
Those fleeing have described indiscriminate attacks by security forces and Buddhist mobs. Desperate Rohingya arrive by boat from Myanmar yesterday as a land crossing becomes more difficult.