Almost 500 Rohingya rescued off Indonesia

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JAKARTA: Rescuers on Sunday brought ashore 469 migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh after their wooden boat arrived off Aceh in northwest Indonesia, an official said. “We received a report from fishermen this morning that there were boat people stranded in the waters off north Aceh,” Aceh provincial search and rescue chief Budiawan told Agence France-Presse. “We despatched teams there and evacuated 469 migrants who are Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis. There are women and children among them. So far, all of them are safe,” he added. He said the group would be taken to a detention center in north Aceh district, where police and immigration officials would carry out “further processing” which would include investigating their motives.

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