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65 Rohingyas found stranded in southern Thailand

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Around 65 ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees were found stranded in southern Thailand, Thai officials said on Wednesday.

An told Dawn that the refugees, including 28 men, 31 women and five children, were stranded on in Tarutao National Park in Thailand's southern province after their boat suffered engine trouble.

Kanjanapan Kamhaeng, the of Tarutao National Marine Park, was also quoted as saying that the boat was found smashed onto a rocky shore. A preliminary check showed that the boat was carrying 65 Rohingya and several Thai and citizens, he added.

He also stated that the took the group away to be processed by immigration officials.

Meanwhile, Navy told Dawn that Thai authorities are investigating whether the incident involved any case of human trafficking.

Rohingyas, who belong to the Rakhine state in Myanmar, have been facing extreme persecution by authorities and majority Buddhists. It has further prompted their flight over the years, many on rickety boats that are mostly pushed back into the open sea by countries, especially and

At present, nearly one million Rohingyas are forced to take shelter in after Myanmar's army, responding to attacks by an armed group, launched a brutal campaign against the Muslim minorities in the Rakhine state in 2017.

A was further quoted as saying that the passengers of the wrecked boat will be transferred to the mainland.

"Everyone will be investigated in order to see whether they are victims of trafficking or illegal immigrants," the said.

regards Rohingya as illegal migrants from the Indian subcontinent and has confined tens of thousands to sprawling camps in Rakhine since violence swept the area in 2012.

The unrest prompted thousands of minorities to flee Myanmar by sea. The exodus peaked in 2015 when an estimated 25,000 people crossed the for Thailand, and Indonesia, many drowning in unsafe and overloaded boats.

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First Published: Wed, June 12 2019. 13:15 IST