BANDA ACEH, Indonesia – An Indonesian fishing boat has rescued a group of five Muslim Rohingya found in weak condition off its westernmost Aceh province.
Local search and rescue official Abdul Musafir says the group of two women and three men were brought ashore early Friday and admitted to a hospital in East Aceh District. Musafir says the group told officials that five people died during their 20-day ordeal at sea.
Musafir says it wasn't clear where they traveled from but the five were found in their boat at sea Monday by a fishing boat.
An outbreak of violence that began in 2012 prompted thousands of Muslim Rohingya to flee Myanmar by sea to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. A fresh crisis last year sent hundreds of thousands of Rohingya fleeing by land to Bangladesh.