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Rohingya refugees coerced into going to remote Bay of Bengal island: Aid workers

Rights groups and humanitarian workers say some of the thousands of Rohingya refugees being shipped to a Bangladeshi island have been coerced into going to the remote, flood-prone place.

Bangladeshi police on Thursday escorted the first group of 1,000 refugees in buses from Ukhiya in Cox's Bazar for the journey to Chittagong port and then on to Bhasan Char – a flood-prone Bay of Bengal island.

A Bangladesh naval official said the first 1,500 refugees would leave from the port on Friday morning to cross to the island.

Mohammad Shamsud Douza, a deputy in charge of refugees in the Bangladeshi government, said the relocation was voluntary.

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