Maungdaw — The Burmese Navy opened fires at two paddle-boats (canoes) carrying some Rohingya people — fleeing the army killings at their villages in northern Maungdaw — on board in the Naff River around 9 PM last night (on November 15 night), a reliable source reported.
A boatful of people numbering 7 are believed to have died as their boat was hit by bullets and subsequently capsized in the river.
The Navy caught the second boat and investigated the people on board. Post that, the navy took off the paddles from the boat and set it adrift towards the sea.
As luck would have it, they encountered a fishing boat just at the mouth of the Bay of Bengal after floating in the river for hours. The fishing boat saved them, according to a statement from a surviving victim.
Many numbers of people are fleeing from the military assaults in Maungdaw to Bangladesh by boats. However, not all of them manage to reach to Bangladesh but get disappeared in the Naff River. Unfortunately, these losses of lives go unreported most of the times.
Note: we withhold the identities and the names of the villages of the surviving victims for their safety.