COX’S BAZAR, BANGLADESH: A Red Cross truck carrying aid for Rohingya Muslim refugees crashed in Bangladesh today killing at least nine people, police said.
At least 10 people were injured. The victims were mainly labourers who were to distribute the aid.
The truck was taking food and other supplies to Rohingya Muslims caught in a no-man’s-land between Myanmar and Bangladesh at the Nykhongchhari section of the border, Red Cross officials said.
The driver lost control of the truck, which went into a ditch near the border town of Cox’s Bazar.
“Nine people were killed including six on the spot and three in a hospital,” Yasir Arafat, deputy police chief of Bandarban border district, told Agence France Presse.
Both shipments were from the International Committee of the Red Cross. Aid groups face different challenges on either side of the border — an influx of more than 420,000 refugees in less than a month in Bangladesh, and in Myanmar, government resistance and angry allegations from majority Buddhists that international organizations are favoring the long-persecuted Rohingya minority.
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