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33 Malaysia-bound Rohingyas rescued from near St Martin

  • Published at 12:31 pm November 8th, 2018
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Of the 33 passengers,  14 are men, 10 women, and nine children

A total of 33 Rohingyas have been rescued, and six human trafficking agents detained, by Teknaf Coast Guard near St Martin’s Island.

The group was rescued from a Malaysia-bound trawler, in the Bay of Bengal, to the south-east of St Martin’s Island, around 4:30pm on Wednesday.

Of the 33 passengers,  14 are men, 10 women, and nine children. They all hail from the Rohingya camps in Ukhiya and Teknaf.

The incident was confirmed by Teknaf Coast Guard Station Commander Lt Faizul Islam Mondol.

Mondol said: “We received a tip-off about the trawler, and conducted a raid to capture the agents and rescue the Rohingyas.

“The agents are being prosecuted, and the Rohingyas have been sent back to their respective camps,” he added.

Since August 26 last year, more than 700,000 Rohingyas, mostly children and women, crossed into Bangladesh—fleeing brutal persecution carried out by Myanmar’s security forces. They joined over 400,000 other Rohingyas who were already living in squalid, cramped refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.