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Thailand to prosecute Rohingya migrants; new boat found off Koh Lipe

Thailand to prosecute Rohingya migrants; new boat found off Koh Lipe

Thailand says it will prosecute nearly 200 Rohingya migrants rounded up in a recent human trafficking crackdown in the south of the country.

The news came as a boat carrying scores of migrants was discovered in Thai waters Thursday afternoon off the southern island of Koh Lipe. Early reports suggested that as many as 350 people on the boat were being kept alive by food and water passed to them from fishing boats.

Over a thousand Rohingya migrants have come ashore in Indonesia and Malaysia in the past week, with more boats being turned away after being given fuel and food. Most of the migrants come from Burma and Bangladesh. Thousands are believed to be still at sea off the coasts of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. An International Organization for Migration (IOM) report says that number could be as high as 8,000.


Updated : 2021-09-17 04:51 GMT+08:00