Rohingya refugees receive humanitarian aid at the Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh October 11, 2017. REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra
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Bangladeshi coast guards plucked a group of Rohingya refugees from a border river Wednesday as they tried to escape Myanmar by using jerrycans as flotation devices, officials said.The 11 Rohingya had been waiting days for a boat to ferry their families across the Naf River to Bangladesh but none arrived, Border Guard Bangladesh official Abdul Jalil told AFP.The Naf divides Bangladesh from western Myanmar, where an army crackdown and ethnic strife has forced more than 520,000 Rohingya Muslims from their homes since August.The majority have crossed into Bangladesh by land but many thousands have come by sea, and nearly 160 Rohingya have drowned making the dangerous voyage.
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