A Bangladeshi migrant lies fainted on the floor after arrival at Kuala Langsa Port in Langsa, Aceh province, Indonesia, Friday, May 15, 2015.(AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
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Nearly 800 "boat people" were brought ashore in Indonesia Friday, but other vessels crammed with migrants were sent back to sea despite a U.N. call to rescue thousands adrift in Southeast Asian waters with dwindling supplies of food and water.Two boats that crossed the Malacca Strait from the Thailand-Malaysia side have been turned away by the Indonesian navy, and Friday another was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and was heading towards Indonesia.Malaysia, too, has said it would push migrant boats back to sea as Malaysian people did not want to see large numbers arriving in the country.Thailand is the first stop on the most common trafficking route used by criminals preying on Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim minority as well as Bangladeshis seeking to escape poverty.As some countries faced pressure for closing their doors to desperate "boat people", the U.N. human rights chief said the deadly pattern of migration by sea across the Bay of Bengal would continue unless Myanmar itself ends discrimination.However, in the same waters, the Indonesian navy pushed another boat back and Thailand's navy towed a wooden vessel with hundreds, including children, on board back out to sea.
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