South Asia | Warning shot fired as stranded Sri Lankan refugees disembark boat

Warning shot fired as stranded Sri Lankan refugees disembark boat

June 17, 2016 6:58 AM (UTC+8)

 

(From AFP)

Indonesian authorities faced pressure Friday to allow dozens of Sri Lankan migrants stranded on a boat for almost a week to disembark, as witnesses said a warning shot was fired in chaotic scenes near the vessel.

Migrant women from Sri Lanka sit in protest on the beach next to their stranded boat in Lhoknga, Aceh province
Migrant women from Sri Lanka sit in protest on the beach next to their stranded boat in Lhoknga, Aceh province

The 44 migrants, who include many women and children, have been stuck on the Indian-flagged vessel resting in shallow waters off Aceh province since last Saturday after it broke down en route to Australia.

The western province has refused to allow the migrants, who are believed to be minority Tamils, to disembark and have said the boat will be towed out to international waters to continue on its journey after repairs are completed.

Their refusal came despite Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla ordering local authorities to allow them to disembark. Read More

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