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Thai government denies firing shots to deter Rohingya boats away

The Thai government has insisted the Royal Thai Navy did not fire shots to deter a boat load of Rohingyas away from entering the Thai territory.

rohingha boatsDeputy Spokesperson of the Prime Minister’s Office Major General Sansern Kaewkamnerd claimed the Thai government has a non-violence policy when it deals with issues surrounding Rohingyas.

One Rohingya, who made it to Indonesia, reportedly accused Thailand of firing guns to prevent his boat from reaching the Thai territory on May 14th.

The Deputy Spokesperson added that every soldier, who was on duty on the same day, has purported that none of them had threatened the boat with guns.

According to them, the Rohingya refugees did not wish to reach Thailand and asked the navy soldiers for food and water. They even helped the refugee fix the boat’s engine.

The Major General added later that the Thai government will stay on course with its policy and treat the Rohingyas as illegal migrants according to the law if they enter Thailand.

However, if they were found beyond the Thai waters, they would be given basic needs such as food and water.




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