Myanmar navy carries out first rescue of migrant boat: official

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Sittwe (Myanmar) (AFP) – Myanmar’s navy has carried out its first rescue of a migrant boat bringing 208 people to shore, an official told AFP Friday, after mounting international pressure on the nation to tackle a regional migration crisis.

“A navy ship found two boats… on May 21 while on patrol,” Tin Maung Swe, a senior official in the western state of Rakhine told AFP, adding “about 200 Bengalis were on one of the boats”.

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