31 May '15, 10am

Myanmar navy stops reporters approaching migrant island

Myanmar navy stops reporters approaching migrant island

HAIGYI ISLAND: Myanmar's navy refused to let journalists approach a remote island on Sunday (May 31), where more than 700 migrants are said to be held following their rescue last week. Reporters have been trying to access Thamee Hla Island at the mouth of the Irrawaddy since the authorities announced that 727 people, including 74 women and 45 children, had been found drifting in a boat off Myanmar's coast and had been taken there. They are part of a recent exodus of Myanmar Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi economic migrants who have fled the region en masse in a crisis that regional nations have struggled to deal with. Journalists who tried to take small boats out to Thamee Hla Island were being turned around by navy patrol vessels and were ordered to delete any footage on their memory cards, said an AFP reporter on the nearby island of Haigyi. Those returning said they ha...

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