Boat carrying Middle Eastern refugees sinks off Indonesia’s coast, 21 killed

Posted on September 27, 2013 • Filed under: Australia, Expatriate Killed, Indonesia, Travel News

As reported by, a boat carrying asylum seekers to Australia, most of them from the Middle East, has sunk off the Indonesian coast killing at least 21 people, Indonesian television reported on Friday. Metro TV said 25 people survived. Officials were not immediately available for comment. The politically charged issue of asylum seekers has become a sore point in relations between Australia and Indonesia. The latest accident, the second in recent months, comes ahead of Monday’s official visit to Indonesia by new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Read article

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