Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Dhaka warns Naypyidaw of consequences for violating airspace
September 16th, 2017 at 1:47 pm
Dhaka warns Naypyidaw of consequences for violating airspace

Dhaka – Myanmar has once again violated Bangladesh’s airspace in south-eastern Bangladeshi border where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees took shelter fleeing violence in Burma’s Rakhine state.

Bangladesh warned Myanmar of serious consequences as foreign ministry in Dhaka said it protested the instances of violation of its airspace by Myanmar military drones and helicopter on September 10, 12 and 14.

Bangladesh Foreign Ministry summoned the Charge d’ Affaires of the Myanmar Embassy in Dhaka and handed a note of protest on Friday.

The Ministry referred to earlier instances of airspace violation since ethnic violence erupted in Rakhine on August 25.

Bangladesh expressed deep concern at the repetition of such acts of provocation and demanded that Myanmar takes measures to ensure that such violation of sovereignty does not occur again, a foreign ministry statement said.

“…These provocative acts may lead to unwarranted consequences,” reads the statement.

More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims entered Bangladesh after the Myanmar army launched an offensive in response to what it says Rohingya insurgents attacked police posts and army bases killing 12 security officials in Rakhine.

The Myanmar army say they killed nearly 400 insurgents.

But civilians crossing into Bangladesh say that the army and their Buddhist cohorts launched wholesale attacks on Muslims settlements killing more than 3,000 people and burning down numerous homesteads.

International community has asked Myanmar to stop attacks on the civilians.