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Asian Nations Turn Away Boats of Rohingya as Crisis Expands

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Malaysia said it will escort boats carrying Rohingya and Bangladeshi asylum seekers out of its waters after more than 1,000 undocumented migrants arrived on its shores this week, as human rights groups criticize Southeast Asian nations for refusing to take the people in.

A boatload of more than 500 people was turned away after being given fuel and provisions, the Associated Press reported, citing Deputy Home Minister Wan Junaidi Jaafar. The National Security Council has ordered vessels to be removed from the nation’s waters amid reports that 8,000 people may be en route, the Star reported, citing the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency.