Sri Lanka detains boat carrying Rohingya refugees

May 1, 2017

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Sri Lanka's coastguard on Sunday detained an Indian boat carrying 30 Rohingya refugees who were on board, an official told AFP.

16 of those detained were children, including a 15 day child and a four month infant, according to the reports.

Sri Lankan navy officials said they were providing the boat people with emergency assistance.

The refugees were travelling from India. Around 50,000 Rohingya refugees live in India but in recent months, they have become targets of right wing Hindutva groups.