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Bangladesh fears new Rohingya exodus from fighting in Myanmar

Dhaka stresses 'burden' of hosting refugees, says it cannot accept more

Rohingya refugees near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, in 2017: The South Asian country says it is clamping down on its border amid concerns that more people will try to flee Myanmar.   © Reuters

DHAKA -- Clashes between Myanmar's army and rebels are sparking fears of a new Rohingya exodus into Bangladesh, where the government says it can no longer bear the burden.

Hundreds of frightened people have gathered near the border and are looking for opportunities to cross the Naf River into Bangladesh, refugees who have made it say, according to an official of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH), an advocacy group.

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