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21 Rohingya drown at sea


Rushing to help: People carrying a victim after a boat capsized off the coast in Sittwe. — AFP

Rushing to help: People carrying a victim after a boat capsized off the coast in Sittwe. — AFP

YANGON: Witnesses to a boat capsize that left some 20 people dead, including children, say the victims were from the Rohingya Muslim minority and blamed the tragedy on travel restrictions that forced them to journey by sea.

At least 21 people, including nine children, died after a packed boat capsized in choppy waters on Tuesday as it approached the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, according to the United Nations.

   

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