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Indonesia mulls fate of Rohingya refugees rescued off coast

Indonesian fishermen have rescued nearly 100 Rohingya refugees adrift on a boat near the coastal province of Aceh,

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Jun 2020 12:57 PM GMT


Indonesian fishermen have rescued nearly 100 Rohingya refugees adrift on a boat near the coastal province of Aceh, weeks after a similar incident in Malaysia earlier this month, police said on Thursday. According to the police, the boat's engine had stopped working and it seemed to be sinking with 30 minors, 49 women and 15 men onboard when it was spotted by three Indonesian fishermen on Wednesday around four miles north of the island of Sumatra, reports Efe news. However, the number of people onboard has varied in reports by different sources. The fishermen alerted the local authorities and proceeded to rescue the Rohingya, who originally set sail from Myanmar and are currently in the waters close to the Seunuddon beach waiting to be brought to land, according to the police. A police spokesperson told local media outlets that a special team had been formed to examine the health of the refugees and find temporary lodgings for them. (IANS)

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