Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: Injured in a clash with the police and Ansers, five Burmese refugees were admitted to the refugee Health Centre in Kutupalong refugee camp while carrying firewood to the camp.
 
The refugees clashed with policemen and Ansers at about 5:30 p.m. on August 27, as they were entering the refugee camp with firewood collected from a nearby forest. The camp police and Ansers did not allow them to enter the camp, said a Majee from the camp requesting not to be named.
 
An argument ensued between the police and the refugees carrying firewood at the gate of the camp. Some refugees of the camp rushed to the spot to rescue the others from the police. On the other hand, the Ansers also rushed to the spot to intervene. The Ansers joined the police and severely beat up the refugees.
 
Some of the refugees were injured in the clash. Of them, five were in a serious condition. Four injured refugees were admitted to the refugee Health Centre in Kutupalong camp and another injured was sent to Cox’s Bazaar Sadar Hospital for treatment at around 9:00 p.m. the same day.
 
According to the refugees, the officials in the refugee camp were hostile to the refugees of Kutupalong because refugees were holding banners welcoming US officials when they paid a visit to the Kutupalong camp on August 22. Besides, the refugees are provided firewood by concerned authorities monthly, but the supplies are inadequate.
 
As a result, refugees have to go to the forest to collect firewood to fulfill their needs. Earlier, the authorities of the camp did not bar the refugees from collecting firewood from the forest. “Why are they restricting the refugees from collecting firewood from the forest now?” refugees asked.