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119 Rohingya Muslims rescued from drowning in Bay of Bengal

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Bangladeshi coastguard teams on Friday rescued a boat carrying 119 Arakan Muslims from drowning as they tried to cross into Malaysia through the country’s southern border.

According to a statement issued by the Coast Guard in Bangladesh, the teams concerned spotted a wooden boat in the Bay of Bengal off the island of “St. Martin”, was about to sink because of a sudden engine failure, and managed to rescue all those aboard.

The statement pointed out that the boat was carrying 119 people, including 58 women, and 14 children, all of them Arakan refugees, were trying to reach Malaysia by sea.

Rohingya refugees living in camps in Cox’s Bazar, southern Bangladesh, are often trying to flee to Malaysia, navigating the sea. The Bangladesh Coast Guard teams this year have arrested 500 of them at sea.

About 900,000 Rohingya refugees now live in the Cox’s Bazar camps, and more than 740,000 are believed to have fled Myanmar since August 2017.

Since that date, the Myanmar armed forces and Buddhist militias have waged a military campaign and brutal massacres have been committed against the Muslim minority in Arakan (west).

As a result of the ongoing crimes since then, the killing of thousands of Rohingya, according to local and international sources, as well as the refuge of nearly one million to Bangladesh, according to the United Nations.

The Rohingya government is regarded as “irregular migrants” from Bangladesh, while the United Nations classifies them as “the world’s most persecuted minority.”

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