Fishermen rescue Rohingya Muslims at sea off Indonesia, with more arrivals expected

By: Reuters | Banda Aceh(indonesia) | Published: April 6, 2018 1:10:08 pm

In this Sept. 28, 2017 file photo, policemen and rescue workers carry the body of a Rohingya Muslim, who died after their boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal as they were crossing over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, near Inani beach, in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh. Of the 80 refugees believed to have been on the boat, only 24 are known to have survived. Police collected 23 corpses from the shore. The rest, mostly children, are missing and presumed to have drowned. They were part of the largest human exodus in Asia since the Vietnam War, a colossal tide of more than 500,000 Rohingya Muslims whose homes had been torched by Buddhist mobs and soldiers. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin, File)

Indonesian fishermen rescued at least five Rohingya Muslims off the island of Sumatra in the early hours of Friday and brought them ashore, officials said, in the first such landing this year amid media reports that five others had died at sea.

It was not immediately clear where the boat had originated. Rights groups have said they are expecting many more refugees from Myanmar to attempt the dangerous sea crossings.

Fishermen in east Aceh, on the northern tip of Sumatra, brought two men, two women, and a child to safety while unconfirmed media reports said five…

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