Two days after the United Nations (UN) criticised India for its decision to deport Rohingya refugees, the Centre on Thursday announced to extend assistance to Bangladesh. This was in response to the humanitarian crisis being faced on account of large influx of Rohingya refugees.
As many as 370,000 Rohingyas have entered Bangladesh since August 25 to escape the ongoing violence against them in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.
Relief material will be delivered in multiple consignments,first tranche to be sent to Chittagong by IAF plane on September 14.
The migration of Rohingyas to south-eastern Bangladesh had steadily increased since the attacks on police and military posts by an insurgent group and Myanmar’s subsequent military crackdown.
The Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army had declared a month-long cease-fire on Saturday to allow the entry of humanitarian aid, which the Myanmar government rejected.
Buddhist majority Myanmar believes that the Muslim ethic group Rohingya were never a part of their country rather migrated over the centuries from what is now Bangladesh to Rakhine, previously Arakan during the colonial era. The Rohingyas who are mainly Musims speaks a dialect of the Bengali language.