Drones buzzing Bangladesh?

Ottawa Sun - - NEWS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.


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