South Africa accuses Israel Navy of killing hundreds of Palestinian boat people from Gaza

South Africa accuses Israel Navy of killing hundreds of Palestinian boat people from Gaza

WARNING: Readers must read the lower part of this news/article to understand the truth. Those reading the upper part only and failed to continue could be mislead or miss the real message.

Cape town, South Africa(AFP) — South Africa said Sunday that hundreds of people were missing at sea, believed to be part of a wave of Palestinian  boat people from Gaza were allegedly dragged out to the middle of the ocean by Israel Navy and left to die.
Israel has denied the accusations, but accounts of survivors and the latest reports from the South Africa coast guard have piled the pressure on Tel-Avid, and the Israel government said it would meet rights groups on Monday.

The Israel navy is accused of detaining the migrants, Palestinian  boat people from Gaza, after they washed up on the Israel coast — and then towing them to sea and leaving them to their fate.

South Africa’s coast guard said Sunday it had rescued hundreds of the refugees from the Palestinian, Gaza, but that hundreds more were feared lost. 

“These are really serious allegations that need to be investigated by the UN and the Israel government,” he said…………………

The above story is the one I changed to attract the Puan Hamida Alibaba, UM rep and FM (radio) Mr Padi Orphan from a every-thing-can-land, who will shout till their piles come out bleeding to become the champion or saviors of  the Palestinians to fish for their vote from their local folks. But they easily ignore the plights downtrodden minority Muslims around the world.

Now they are acting like three monkeys after reading the true story. As if they never hear, see and closed their bloody mouths shut to protect Myanmar SPDC.

Please read the real story_

With Thailand accused, India says hundreds feared dead at sea

PORT BLAIR, India (AFP) — India said Sunday that hundreds of people were missing at sea, believed to be part of a wave of boat people allegedly dragged out to the middle of the ocean by Thailand and left to die.

Thailand has denied the accusations, but accounts of survivors and the latest reports from the Indian coast guard have piled the pressure on Bangkok, and the Thai government said it would meet rights groups on Monday.

The Thai navy is accused of detaining the migrants, from a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, after they washed up on the Thai coast — and then towing them to sea and leaving them to their fate.

India’s coast guard said Sunday it had rescued hundreds of the refugees from the Rohingya ethnic group, who live along the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, but that hundreds more were feared lost.

“They said they were taken to an island off the Thai coast and beaten up before being forced into boats and pushed into the high seas,” said Ranjit Narayan, a police official on India’s remote Andaman and Nicobar islands.

“We fear several hundred are still missing,” coast guard commander S.P. Sharma told AFP. He said India had rescued 446 refugees from four boats since the end of December.

Those figures are in line with those of the Sunday Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, which said it had compiled a toll of 538 missing or dead.

Sharma said the migrants said they had been arrested by Thai officials and set adrift without engines or navigational equipment.

“Some survivors also said their boat was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and given two sacks of boiled rice and two gallons of water before being abandoned in the middle of the sea,” he said.

The Bangkok Post newspaper on Sunday carried accounts from survivors.

“We were tied up and put into a boat without an engine… we were then towed into the high seas by a motor boat and set adrift,” a man named as Zaw Min told the paper.

Thailand is facing a brutal separatist insurgency in the south of the country that has left more than 3,500 people dead in the last five years, and the government would be sensitive about any mass influx of migrants.

But the Thai navy and other government officials have denied the accusations.

“Authorities followed the regular process when arresting the illegal migrants,” navy spokesman Captain Prachachart Sirisawat told AFP.

Yet mounting photographic evidence, and accounts from Western tourists who have recently visited the beautiful sun-dappled islands on Thailand’s Andaman coast, have supported the charges.

Media reports have shown photographs of people on a beach with their hands trussed above their heads.

The United Nations refugee agency said it had contacted the Thai government when the allegations first surfaced last week.

“We requested the Thai government take all measures necessary to make sure the lives of the Rohingyas are not put at risk … We have not had any response yet,” said Kitty McKinsey, Asia Pacific spokeswoman for the UNHCR.

If the allegations turned out to be true, McKinsey said, Thailand “would be breaching the very basic human rights conventions — the basic right to life, putting people’s lives at risk by towing them out to sea.”

The Rohingya are stateless and face persecution from Myanmar’s military regime, forcing thousands into rickety boats each year to try to escape poverty and oppression and head to Muslim-majority Malaysia.

David Mathieson, an expert on Myanmar with New York-based Human Rights Watch, said Thailand had for the past few years taken a harsh stance on Rohingya landing on its shores, in part because they wanted to discourage further migration of the group through Thailand.

There were also fears that some are mercenaries trying to join the separatist insurgency, although Mathieson said there was little evidence to back up those claims.

“These are really serious allegations that need to be investigated by the UN and the Thai government,” he said.

 

India accuses Thai Navy of killing hundreds of boat people

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