Deadly Clash Erupts Among Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazar Camp

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh – Three Rohingya individuals lost their lives while seven others sustained injuries during a violent clash for dominance at a refugee camp in Ukhiya. The tragic incident took place in Madhurchhara Camp 4 Extension, where militants from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launched an attack. According to reports from Rohingya camp security personnel and local police, the deceased were identified as Md Iliyas, 31, Md Ishaq, 54, and Firoz Khan, 18.

The Commander of the 14 Armed Police Battalion, Mohammad Iqbal, detailed the events, stating that around 40-45 ARSA militants infiltrated Camp 4, resulting in Iliyas being fatally shot and stabbed multiple times. As other Rohingyas rushed to help, the militants opened fire indiscriminately, causing injuries to six additional individuals. The injured were promptly taken to nearby medical facilities for treatment.

During the rescue operation, two more individuals succumbed to their injuries while receiving medical attention. Commander Iqbal highlighted the dangerous situation, mentioning that the ARSA militants are actively trying to regroup and carry out disruptive activities in the camps to establish their dominance. In response to this disturbing incident, legal actions are being pursued, as confirmed by Inspector Shamim Hossen of Ukhiya Police Station.

Efforts to maintain peace and security in the refugee camps are ongoing, with authorities dedicated to ensuring the safety and well-being of all individuals residing in the area. The tragic clash serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced by Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar, underscoring the need for continued vigilance and support from the international community to address the underlying issues exacerbating tensions in the region.