This was the fifth such rejection from locals since the refugees' vessel arrived on Blang Raya Beach on December 10.
"Those who are sick are being treated."
Local fishermen reported the boat is dominated by women and children. "The exact number of refugees will only be known after further data collection."
Instead, he called for UNHCR to focus on helping refugees in Indonesia, so they can be resettled.
reports and photos from local fishermen showing that the majority of the ship's passengers were women and children, while the condition of the ship very dense and unable to sail