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Bangladesh seals off border with Myanmar amid fresh influx of refugees

Press Trust of India  |  Dhaka 

has sealed off its border with to stop further influx of refugees fleeing the troubled Rakhine state, A K has said and claimed that the country's military is now targeting the majority and after cracking down on minority Rohingya Muslims.

Over 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken refuge in after fleeing from in neighbouring to evade atrocities, which the UN called "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing", following the action by the military in August 2017.

Momen said the earlier attacks were against Muslims, but now the and other ethnic groups are also being targeted.

"This is funny. Earlier, the attacks were against Muslims, but now the and other ethnic groups are also being targeted.

"say violence between and [two insurgents groups] is forcing people from different ethnic religious groups Buddhist and Hindu to try come to to save themselves, he said.

We will not accept anybody. We have more or less sealed off the border, he added.

"We can't take any more of them (Myanmar refugees). The border with Myanmar is almost sealed off," he told reporters before departing for

Momen is visiting on his maiden overseas tour since Sheikh formed the government for the third consecutive terms after winning the December 30

He said that Bangladesh has opened its border and allowed enough of the influx of refugees opening the border "now it is better if others (other countries) open their frontiers for them (refugees)".

Meanwhile, Bangladesh (BGB) said they sent a detachment to enforce a vigil in its remote frontiers with Myanmar in bordering Bandndarban's Ruma area.

Police said about 150 Myanmar nationals, including 38 Buddhist families, crossed the border.

"We have sent a detachment to Ruma frontiers to enforce a stringent vigil against fresh influx. The borders with Myanmar remained sealed off while only legal movement is underway through the Ukhia and Teknaf frontiers," BGB's region commander said.

of the bordering Bandarban district said 38, mostly Buddhist, families sneaked into Bangladesh overnight in view of the "internal conflict" in Myanmar's

Reports suggest fighting between the and the rebel forced hundreds to flee their home to take refuge in Bangladesh and

Acknowledging the report, the said, "We have heard that different ethnic and religious groups including Buddhists and Hindus, this time apart from (Rohingya) Muslims, are trying to enter Bangladesh amid fresh violence in Myanmar."

Earlier in the day, Momen met with special UN on Myanmar and Hollywood superstar and a special UNHCR who two days in Bangladesh's southeastern Cox's Bazar where over a million Rohingya Muslims have been taking refuge after fleeing a brutal military crackdown at their homeland.

The 43-year-old Hollywood arrived here yesterday and visited a refugee camp in Teknaf near the Myanmar border.

Momen said he told the UN that Bangladesh was upset seeing that instead of mounting pressures, some big countries still kept "all kinds of bilateral relations including trade with Myanmar".

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 17:05 IST