Malaysian police detain Rohingya refugees in Penang, Malaysia, on Wednesday. AP
More than 500 Rohingya refugees escaped from detention in Malaysia following a protest but most have been rearrested, immigration officials said.
According to the officials six Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, including two children, have died after being hit by vehicles on a Malaysian highway as hundreds fled an immigration detention centre where a riot broke out early on Wednesday.
A total of 582 Rohingya escaped the Sungai Bakap temporary immigration detention camp in northern Penang state by breaking down doors and barrier grills, though 362 have since been re-arrested, the immigration department said in a statement.
"The search for the remaining detainees is continuing,” it said, without giving further details on what sparked the breakout.
Penang police chief Mohamad Shuhaily Mohamad Zain told local media that six detainees were killed while trying to cross a highway. He was quoted as saying the victims were two men, two women, a boy and a girl.
Since 2020, however, thousands have been rounded up and housed in crowded detention centres as part of what Malaysian authorities say are efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Police said they were still investigating the cause of Wednesday's riot, while authorities searched for the remaining detainees who had fled.
Two men, two women, a boy and a girl were killed after being hit by vehicles while trying to cross a highway some 8km (5 miles) away from the detention camp, Kedah state police chief Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad told reporters in a live-streamed press conference.
The campaign will continue over two weeks to receive donations across multiple platforms set by the participating charities, atop of which is the Emirates Red Crescent.
Bangladesh police have prevented 115 Rohingya refugees from being smuggled to Malaysia in rickety fishing boats, officials said on Saturday, but no suspected traffickers were detained.
Forty-one Rohingya were found in northern Malaysia on Monday, police said, the second group of the Muslim minority to arrive in the country within weeks, while about 200 more are feared trapped at sea. Many Rohingya have been seeking in recent weeks to leave by sea from Bangladesh
With world attention remaining focused on other issues, the plight of Rohingya refugees remains largely ignored. Heavy flooding and landslides in the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh have left thousands of children and families in an increasingly dire situation with critical infrastructure damaged or destroyed,
The leaders discussed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them in various fields to serve development in the two friendly countries and expand the base of their common interests.
The case dated back to last July when an Asian girl filed a complaint in which she stated that her friend living with her in the same apartment attempted to kill herself.
Sheikh Sultan published photos of his meeting with the administrative body of Khorfakkan University, and he also met with a delegation from the University of Exeter.