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Gunshots heard again from Myanmar side

  • The sound of firing prevailed till 5pm on Friday
  • Panicked shrimp farmers move to safety
  • After the Jumma prayers, the sound of firing lessened
Update : 23 Feb 2024, 09:33 PM

People in Teknaf of Cox’s Bazar on Friday reported a fresh round of gunshots on the Myanmar side of the Naf River since Thursday night.

The sound of firing prevailed till 5pm on Friday, said Mohammad Alam, a member of the Union Parishad, citing locals. 

“Intermittent gunshots have been heard along the Kharangkhali border since Thursday night,” he said.

“Panicked shrimp farmers moved to safety. In the afternoon, especially after the Jumma prayers, the sound of firing lessened,” he added. 

Previously, a tense situation prevailed in the Rohingya camps across Cox's Bazar on Monday as the sound of gunfire intensified on the Myanmar side of the Naf River.

Seconding the member’s statement, Whaikhong Union Parishad Chairman Nur Ahmed Anwari said yesterday that many locals reported the sound of mortal shelling too. 

Fisherman Abdul Gafur said: “I heard the heavy noise emerging from several rounds of mortal shelling since morning.”

Bangladesh Coast Guard, Chittagong East Zone media officer Lt Tahsin Rahman said they kept an eye on the development.

“We’ve already intensified patrolling in the river to check for intrusion through it. We’re not allowing anyone in now,” he said.

The coastguard officer said they have pushed back more than 200 Rohingyas so far. 

After clashes and firing between the Arakan Army and the armed forces in Myanmar's Rakhine state erupted fiercely earlier this month, 330 border guards and army personnel from Myanmar fled to Bangladesh between February 4 and 7.

However, they were later repatriated.

Since early February, tension has also gripped locals in Naikhongchhari Upazila of Bandarban. 

Several mortar shells also fell inside the Bangladesh border, resulting in two deaths and many more injuries. After that, Bangladesh summoned the Myanmar Ambassador in Dhaka U Aung Kyaw Moe to protest the casualties due to Myanmar's internal conflicts.

The Bangladesh Ambassador in Yangon, Dr Md Monwar Hossain, also met Myanmar's foreign minister to discuss the issue.

Additionally, 23 Myanmar nationals were arrested for illegal entry into Bangladesh amid the clashes that also put the Border Guard Bangladesh on high alert. 

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