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Thousands of Rohingya refugees homeless after Bangladesh fire

Thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have been left without shelter after a suspected arson attack ripped through their camp burning nearly 800 homes, an official said Sunday.

Bangladesh is home to around a million Rohingya, many of whom fled a 2017 military crackdown on the mainly Muslim minority in neighboring Myanmar that is now subject to a UN genocide probe.

The United Nations refugee agency said “nearly 7,000 Rohingya refugees” had been left homeless.

The UN said 120 facilities, including learning centers, mosques, and healthcare centers, had been destroyed or damaged by the inferno.

Some refugees had to tear down their homes to create corridors to stop the fire from spreading further.

(Source: AFP)

 

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