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Indonesia detains 80 Myanmar Rohingya on remote island

Originally Myanmar Rohingyas stranded in Aceh, Middle
Those In Jamu By Local Residents.

April 7, 2013

Banda Aceh (Indonesia): Indonesian police on Sunday
detained 80 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar on a remote island off Sumatra after
they had got lost attempting to reach Malaysia, an official said.

It was the latest boatload of Rohingya to arrive on
the shores of Indonesia, as thousands flee Myanmar after tensions between
Muslims and Buddhists exploded in their home state of Rakhine last year.

The migrants, including five women and six children,
arrived late morning on the island in Pulo Aceh, a cluster of tiny islands off
the northwestern coast of Sumatra, local police official September Sembiring
told AFP.

“Their boat is still in good condition and they
have enough food and fuel. They said they wanted to go to Malaysia but lost
their way,” he said.

“They are all well. Two had stomach problems but
nothing major.”

They were being held in a large hall at the local
police station and were likely to be sent to the mainland where their cases
would be assessed by immigration officials, he added.

On Friday police in Surabaya city, East Java province,
detained 35 Rohingya hiding out in a flat who had been planning to make the
treacherous sea crossing to Australia, according to police.

Many Rohingya arriving in Indonesia face long stints
in detention centres awaiting UN assessment for refugee status.

Communal tensions in Myanmar spilled over to Indonesia
last week, when a group of Rohingya beat eight Buddhists to death at a
detention centre in Belawan, Sumatra, after becoming enraged at news of
violence in their homeland.