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Rohingya migrant boat lands in Indonesia

AFP  |  Idi Rayeuk (Indonesia) 

A boat carrying 20 Rohingya men landed in Tuesday, authorities said, the latest group of the vulnerable minority to reach the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation.

They arrived in Indonesia's western province on Sumatra island in a rickety wooden boat, according to a Most of the men ranged in age from 14 to 28, with one of them aged 50.

"They are Rohingya from We asked them where they were heading and they said they were going to Malaysia," said district Razali, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.

"Maybe it's because of the currents that they've landed here instead." The group were all in good condition and authorities are trying to find them a shelter, added.

In recent weeks authorities in both and Bangladesh, where around a million of the Muslim refugees are living in camps, have stopped boats filled with fleeing Rohingya migrants headed mainly for

It has been rare for Rohingya to attempt the sea routes south since Thai authorities clamped down on regional trafficking networks in 2015, sparking a crisis across Southeast as large numbers were abandoned at sea.

That year, hundreds of Rohingya came ashore in Aceh, where they were welcomed in the staunchly conservative Islamic province. But there have been concerns the desperate community might start taking to the high seas again after mainly launched a new military crackdown last year that forced about 700,000 members of the Muslim minority to flee to

In April, about 80 Rohingya in a wooden boat landed in Aceh, just weeks after dozens more arrived in neighbouring tends to accept asylum seekers but they are usually barred from working and often spend years in immigration centres.

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First Published: Tue, December 04 2018. 16:15 IST
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