At least five Rohingya Muslim children have drowned while on boats fleeing an escalation of violence in Myanmar, which has forced thousands of members of the persecuted minority to seek refuge across the border in neighboring Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi border guards said several boats transporting Rohingya refugees sank during the early hours of Wednesday.
“So far, the bodies of five male and female children have been found at different locations,” Border Guard Bangladesh officer Alyosius Sangma said.
Also on Wednesday, two government sources in Bangladesh told Reuters that Myanmar’s forces had been “putting landmines in their territory along the barbed-wire fence” between a series of border pillars over the past three days.
The sources, who had direct knowledge of the situation, said Myanmar was probably putting the landmines to prevent the return of the Rohingya who have already fled to Bangladesh.