Indonesian navy rescues 200 migrants, but thousands remain stranded at sea
May 16 , 2015
Indonesia’s navy has rescued around 200 asylum-seekers near Aceh coast after fishermen rescued more than 700 people earlier in the day.
The rescue operation comes amid what the UN calls a “massive humanitarian disaster”, with around 8,000 migrants abandoned by smugglers, stranded at sea.
US secretary of state John Kerry called Thailand’s foreign minister to discuss the possibility of providing temporary shelter to the Rohingya Muslim migrants, who have escaped persecution in Burma.
The US state department has urged governments of the region “to refrain from push backs of new boat arrivals”.