Malaysia intercepts migrants towed back to sea by Thais, thousands still adrift




 
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May 16th, 2015  
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By Aubrey Belford and Kaweewit Kaewjinda KOH LIPE, Thailand (Reuters) - Malaysian vessels on Saturday intercepted a boat crammed with migrants after the Thai navy towed it away from Thailand, the latest of a number of vessels pushed back to sea by governments who have ignored a U.N. call for an immediate rescue. Thousands of people are adrift in the Andaman Sea after smugglers abandoned their vessels following a Thai crackdown on human trafficking. The boat has been towed back out to sea by the Thai navy twice after drifting for days. The migrants told the Thai navy on Saturday they wanted to go to Malaysia, the officer aboard a patrol boat told Reuters.




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