Petition: Nobel Peace Prize for Red Cross Volunteers
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A Red Cross truck carrying aid for Rohingya refugees crashed in Bangladesh on September 21, 2017 killing at least nine people. All nine were volunteers of Red Cross who were returning after distributing aids at the Rohingya Camps in Cox's Bazaar.
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Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh: The driver lost control of the truck, which went into a ditch near the border town of Cox’s Bazar where more than 420,000 Rohingya have fled to escape violence in Myanmar, police said.
At least 10 people were injured. The victims were volunteers who were to distribute the aid.
The truck was taking food and other supplies to Rohingya Muslims caught in a no-man’s-land between Myanmar and Bangladesh at the Nykhongchhari section of the border, Red Cross officials said.
“Nine people were killed including six on the spot and three in a hospital,” Yasir Arafat, deputy police chief of Bandarban border district, told AFP.
Mozaharul Huq, secretary of the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, told AFP the truck was carrying rice, puffed rice, drinking water, sugar and other food items.
“The local Red Crescent Society and the International Red Cross Committee hired the truck. It was carrying the food to Rohingya refugees on the border, including those stranded in the no-man’s-land,” he said.
*The Associated Press
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