BAN HIN LAT, PHANGNGA - The UN's refugee agency has asked the Thai government to verify reports that authorities fired shots at an intercepted boat carrying 133 Rohingya last month, which may have resulted in at least two deaths.
The UNHCR also wants Thailand to confirm that the boat was dragged twice into international waters, after it was located in Koh Surin in Phangnga province around Feb 20.
The UNHCR says after interviewing survivors _ including women and children _ they believe the boat arrived in Indonesia's Aceh province on Feb 26 with 121 people on board. They had left Myanmar's Rakhine state on Feb 5 and had run out of food and water when they landed on Koh Surin. At least three shots were fired by Thai authorities, though it's unclear whether they were aimed at passengers or intended as warning shots.
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