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Malaysia and Indonesia have vowed to turn back any boats carrying migrants that enter their waters, as the boat people crisis in the region intensifies.
More than 500 migrants, thought to be Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis, were rescued from boats off the coast of Indonesia’s northern Aceh province on Sunday, 10 May and given temporary shelter at a mosque in the town of Seunuddon.
Burmese asylum-seekers living in Indonesia say they will continue to risk their lives and travel by boat to Australia, despite the very high chance they will never get there.
Indonesia’s anti-terror squad kills seven suspected militants and arrests 13 during raids in four cities. Several are suspected to be involved in the Burmese embassy bomb plot last Thursday.