Dozens of Ro­hingya flee camps by boat

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YAN­GON REUTERS NOV 8- Dozens of Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Myan­mar and Bangladesh have boarded boats to try to reach Malaysia, of­fi­cials and aid work­ers said on Thurs­day, rais­ing fears of a fresh wave of such dan­ger­ous voyages af­ter a 2015 crack­down on peo­ple smug­glers.

A spokes­woman for the U.N refugee agency in Myan­mar said the or­ga­ni­za­tion had heard “sim­i­lar re­ports” of boats leav­ing the coun­try but could not con­firm their lo­ca­tion.

“With the prospect of boat move­ments in­creas­ing fol­low­ing the end of the mon­soon sea­son, it is in­creas­ingly ur­gent for the au­thor­i­ties to take mea­sures to ad­dress the root causes of dis­place­ment...and cre­ate con­di­tions which foster so­cial co­he­sion and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for all com­mu­ni­ties,” the spokes­woman said.

A Myan­mar gov­ern­ment spokesman could not be reached for com­ment. Kyaw Swar Tun, deputy di­rec­tor of the Rakhine state gov­ern­ment, said he was unaware of any boats leav­ing.

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