Rohingya: end of monsoon prompts fresh wave of boats fleeing Myanmar

Rohingya: end of monsoon prompts fresh wave of boats fleeing Myanmar

Recent flurry of departures is close to reaching 2015 levels, as members of Muslim minority seek to escape displacement camps

A new exodus of boats carrying Rohingya fleeing from Myanmar has begun, with at least six boats carrying hundreds of refugees intercepted at sea or washing ashore over the past month.

The recent flurry of voyages making the treacherous crossing of the Andaman sea to seek refuge in Thailand and Malaysia is close to reaching levels last seen in 2015, which prompted the Thai authorities to crack down on human smuggling networks.

Related: Footage shows ‘prison-like units’ built for Rohingya on Bangladesh island

Related: ‘No one wants the terrorists back’: signs of Rohingya erased in Rakhine state

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