In this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 file photo, migrants sit on their boat as they wait to be rescued by Acehnese fishermen on the sea off East Aceh, Indonesia. (AP Photo/S. Yulinnas, File)
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Attention turned Friday to the seas off Southeast Asia's west coast as Malaysian naval vessels searched for stranded boat people and the U.S. military prepared air patrols to step up its involvement.Thousands of Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar are believed to be trapped on crowded boats with little food or water -- some after being pushed back by the navies of at least three countries -- and the international community has warned that time to save them is running out.The U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 3,000 others may still be at sea.The Rohingya are fleeing state-sanctioned discrimination in Myanmar, where the government regards them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh -- and refers to them as "Bengalis," not "Rohingya" -- even though many have lived in the country for generations.
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