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BANDA ACEH: Indo­nesian authorities decided on Wednesday to allow a boat carrying 120 Rohingya Mus­lims to land after drifting for days off the country’s northernmost province of Aceh.

The decision was made because of the severe conditions experienced by the passengers, who are overwhelmingly women and children, said Armed Wijaya, who heads a refugee task force at the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Law and Security.

The Indonesian government has decided, in the name of humanity, to accommodate the Rohingya refugees currently adrift at sea near Bireuen district, Wijaya said in a statement.

Authorities had earlier said they would push the boat back to international waters despite calls from the United Nations.

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