UNHCR Says on ‘Full Alert’ as 11,000 Rohingya Flee in a Day

Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar wait in the rice field to be let through after after crossing the border in Palang Khali, Bangladesh October 9, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj


Bangladesh border guards reported more than 11,000 Rohingya refugees crossing into their country from Myanmar on Monday (09/10), the United Nations refugee agency said.

“We’re back in a situation of full alert as far as influxes are concerned. It is a big increase to see 11,000,” Adrian Edwards, spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing in Geneva on Tuesday.

“UNHCR is working with the Bangladesh authorities on a transit center to prepare for a potential refugee influx in the coming days,” he said.

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