Thai Police Rescue 59 Rohingya Refugees Abandoned on Southern Island

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand had rescued 59 Rohingya refugees, together with youngsters, from an island who had been deserted by folks smugglers on an island near the Malaysian border, police mentioned on Sunday.

The Rohingya – 31 males, 23 ladies, and 5 youngsters – have been discovered on Dong island in Satun province, which borders Malaysia, assistant nationwide police chief Surachate Hakparn mentioned in an announcement.

“The boat driver informed them that they had arrived in Malaysia and left them on the island a couple of days in the past earlier than being discovered,” he mentioned. The island is a vacationer vacation spot however not populated.

Thailand has supplied humanitarian help to the refugees, who’ve been detained for additional questioning and shall be prosecuted for coming into Thailand illegally, Surachate added.

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(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat; Writing by Orathai Sriring; Enhancing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

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