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Boat capsizes, dozens of Myanmar Muslims missing

Nov. 3, 2013 at 11:05 AM   |   Comments

RAKHINE, Myanmar, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Dozens of Rohingya Muslims were missing Sunday after a boat they were in capsized off Myanmar's west coast, Voice of America reported.

The boat was carrying about 70 migrants six had been rescued from the Bay of Bengal, the newspaper said.

The final destination of the boat wasn't reported.

The trip was part of a seasonal migration of thousands of Rohingya leaving Myanmar due to violence between Muslims and Buddhists in Rakhine. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said about 1,500 have left in the past week.

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