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On the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, 300 Rohingya have come ashore in Aceh.



300 Rohingya have come ashore in Aceh, on the northern tip of Indonesia's Sumatra island, authorities said, in one of the biggest such landings by the persecuted Myanmar minority in years.

The group, including more than a dozen children, were spotted at sea by locals who helped them land near Lhokseumawe early on Monday, according to Munir Cut Ali, head of Ujong Blang village.

"We saw a boat coming ashore in Ujong Blang and so then we helped them land safely," Ali told AFP.

At least one member of the group, 102 men, 181 women and 14 children, was ill and had to be rushed to a local hospital for treatment, said the area's military chief Roni Mahendra.

Junaidi Yahya, head of the Red Cross in Lhokseumawe, said the group was currently in a temporary location.

“We hope they can be moved to the evacuation centre today, but their health, especially related to COVID-19, is our main concern,” Yahya said.

It was not immediately clear how long the Rohingya had been at sea or what type of vessel they arrived in.

The group is reportedly the largest to land in Indonesia since at least 2015.

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