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Ship carries food items to St Martins Island after 9 days

Residents observe 3 Myanmar warships anchored off St Martins jetty

Published : Saturday, 15 June, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 106

Tension in Rakhine due to the war between the Myanmar army and rebel groups has isolated Saint Martins Island from the mainland since June 5, increasing food shortages in the area.

However, after nine days, the Coxs Bazar district administration sent food items by a ship named MV Baro Aulia from Nunyarchhara BIWTA wharf in Coxs Bazar city to the island on Friday afternoon.

Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Coxs Bazar, Md Yamin Hossain, confirmed the matter.

Yamin said that the ship was sent in coordination with the traders of the island.     
Additionally, many residents of Saint Martins stranded in Coxs Bazar will return to the island by the ship.

Visiting the BIWTA wharf in the morning yesterday, it was seen that MV Baro Auliya was being loaded with various types of food products including rice, peas, and onions. At the same time, St. Martins residents stuck in different parts of Coxs Bazar were also seen gathering to return home.

St Martins resident Mohammad Wasim said, "After a long period of time, today I came to the wharf to go to St Martins after 8 days."

Ayesha Siddika, who was waiting at the wharf, said, "I came to Coxs Bazar for treatment and got stuck due to tension in the border area. Even though the treatment was completed two days ago, I could not return to Saint Martins. Finally, I am happy to return to my area with the help of the district administration."

Saint Martins Union Parishad Chairman Mujibur Rahman said, "Bangladeshi trawlers and speedboats have been targeted to be fired at in the Naikhongdia area of the Naf River for a week from the Myanmar border. Due to this, all types of navigation, including ships, have been stopped in the Saint Martins waterway. Residents in the union are facing shortages of food and daily necessities. Finally, with the help of the district administration, a ship is coming from Coxs Bazar with food items."

In the meantime, St Martins residents observed at least three Myanmar warships anchored off the Saint Martins jetty on Friday morning, creating panic on the island of around 10,000 inhabitants.

However, it was not sure if the ships entered the territorial waters of Bangladesh.

The tension led to the suspension of all trawlers and speedboats on the Teknaf-St Martins sea route for the last nine days.

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