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Fire at Rohingya camp kills 4

ANI  |  Cox's Bazar [Bangladesh] 

Four Rohingyas, including three children and a woman, were killed in a fire at an UN-run transit camp in southeastern Bangladesh's Ukhiya upazila near on Friday night.

Cox's Bazar's of Police Afruzul Haque Tutul said, "The fire, which broke out at around 3:30 am late on Friday, from a candle in their tent at the camp, also left three others injured.

Ukhiya's (UNO) Md Nikaruzzaman confirmed the incident and said the tent was located along the Cox's Bazar-Tekhnaf Marine Drive, the reported.

Officials from the said that at least seven people were severely burnt in the fire and have been rushed to a field hospital where four of them died on Friday afternoon.

When they were rushed to a field hospital, the four of them succumbed to their injuries and the remaining three people are recovering.

Rohingyas are a Muslim minority ethnic group in They have been regarded by many majority Buddhists as illegal migrants from Also, they have been long persecuted by the Buddhists and the security forces.

As of December 2017, an estimated 6,55,000 fled to to avoid the persecution from the security forces that started in Myanmar's Rakhine state in August last year.

There are more than 3,00,000 Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, who fled in earlier waves of violence from the since the last three decades.

The has called the violence against civilians 'ethnic cleansing', but the rejected the claims.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 13:55 IST