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Saudi Arabia is going to deport scores of Rohingyas, held indefinitely by the kingdom, to Bangladesh, reports Middle East Eye (MEE), a London-based news portal covering events in the Middle East.

The Rohingyas, some of them having spent nearly five to six years in Saudi detention, were being prepared on Sunday for deportation at the Shumaisi detention centre in Jeddah, it reported on Sunday.

Quoting Rohingya rights activists, journalist Areeb Ullah of the MEE tweeted yesterday that the Rohingyas were scheduled to board a Saudi Airlines flight at 5:00pm (Saudi time) yesterday and arrive in Bangladesh early today.

Many Rohingyas locked up in the Shumaisi detention centre went to Saudi Arabia on Bangladeshi passports, obtained via fake documents.

Contacted, Mujibur Rahman, counsellor at Bangladesh Consulate General in Jeddah, however, said they did not issue travel pass to any Rohingya.

“We issue outpass [travel pass] to those whose Bangladeshi citizenship could be verified. So, there is no question of Saudi Arabia deporting Rohingya,” he told The Daily Star over phone yesterday evening.

 

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