Drones buzzing Bangladesh?

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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.

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Des­per­ate Ro­hingya ar­rive by boat from Myanmar yes­ter­day as a land cross­ing be­comes more dif­fi­cult.

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