Rohingya teenager killed in Bangladesh by mortar fire from Myanmar

A 15-year-old Rohingya boy was killed and at least six people injured when mortar shells fired from Myanmar exploded in Bangladesh, the latest in a series of violent incidents, officials and a Rohingya leader said. More than a million Rohingya live in camps in southern Bangladesh that make up the world’s largest refugee camp, with the vast majority fleeing Myanmar during a military crackdown in 2017.

The Rohingya have been caught in the crossfire between the Burma Army and the Rakhine Army, an armed group fighting for self-determination for ethnic minorities in Rakhine State. The teenager was killed on Friday evening, said Dil Mohammed, a Rohingya leader in no man’s land, a strip of land along the Myanmar-Bangladesh border where around 4,000 Rohingya live.

“We live here in constant fear. Any time disaster may strike,” Mohammed told Reuters by phone. Strong protests would be lodged with Myanmar over the incident, a Bangladeshi government official and a border guard official said.

Bangladesh issued a statement this month expressing “deep concern over the fall of mortar shells inside the territory of Bangladesh, Myanmar’s indiscriminate aerial fire in border areas and the violation of the airspace by Myanmar”. Myanmar’s envoy to Dhaka has been summoned three times in recent weeks so that these concerns can be conveyed.

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