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Tuesday, September 27, 2022

DIGITAL EDITION | TELEVION

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Four illegal boat intercepts in Australia as economic unrest grows in Lanka

Four people-smuggling boats from Sri Lanka have been intercepted in Australian waters as economic unrest grows in the South-East Asian country.

“Operation Sovereign Borders” carried out by Australia’s Border Force released a monthly report revealing four boats with a total of 125 people onboard were intercepted in June.

“All 125 passengers and crew were safely returned to Sri Lanka in close cooperation with the Sri Lankan Government,” it said.

Australia’s former Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews linked the interceptions of the boats to the new Government’s immigration policies instead of the growing upheaval and economic crisis in Sri Lanka.

She also claimed it is the largest number of boat intercepts since 2015.

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