Hundreds, mainly Rohingyas, rescued off Indonesian waters

May 11th, 2015  
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Topic: Hundreds, mainly Rohingyas, rescued off Indonesian waters

By Reza Munawir BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Nearly 600 migrants thought to be Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis were rescued from at least two wooden boats stranded off the coast of Indonesia's northern Aceh province, authorities said on Sunday. "According to the information we have so far, the people on board are from Myanmar. They are Muslim, from the Rohingya community," said Mohammed Arif Mutaqin, spokesman for the Aceh Search and Rescue Agency. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Bangladeshis were also among the migrants, who authorities believe left Thailand about seven days ago.


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