Burma Times Correspondent: May 29, 2015
Burmese navy have intercepted a boat with 727 migrants in the country’s southern coast on Friday, according to government claims.
The rescue comes a week after a similar operation when the navy intercepted another boat off the Arakan coast.
This time the government is saying that the people on board are Bengalis. The statement is vague because the term Bengali might be used to describe both Bangladesh nationals and Rohingya Muslims.
Last time after the government claimed all on board were Bangladeshis, it turned out that authorities had hidden more than a hundred Rohingyas before breaking the news to international organisations and the media.
Burma insists that the migrant crisis has been sparked by economically impoverished Bangladeshi migrants.