Under the operation, which is the biggest in its kind since the defeat of Daesh two years ago, six mothers and 10 children were brought from Syria's Roj camp and have been taken into custody on their arrival to Belgium.
The statement from Bangladesh, which has been providing shelter to over one million Rohingya Muslim refugees, comes hours after Myanmar’s military seized power in a coup against the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
The US and rights activists are pressuring the EU to repatriate citizens languishing in internment camps.
Thousands of Rohingya refugees joined a rally to mark the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh, demanding that Myanmar grant them their citizenship and other rights before they return.
Refugees "are not willing to go back now," Bangladesh's refugee commissioner Abul Kalam says, adding officials "can't force them to go."
Myanmar's Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye said Bangladesh will start repatriating hundreds of thousands of Rohingya back to Myanmar on Thursday.
Pakistan seeks to send nearly 1.4 million Afghan refugees back home after hosting the community for almost four decades.
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