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Friday, 20 July 2012 - 12:59
Australian Navy burns Asylum Boats.
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The Australian Navy set fire yesterday to two asylum boats used to ferry 51 passengers from Sri Lanka and 65 from Indonesia.

The torching rite was held 20 nautical miles of Christmas Island which is often the port of destination of the asylum vessels.

The burning was done as another boat with 25 illegal migrants from Sri Lanka arrived on the island last and the Sri Lankan Navy intercepted another trawler off Wennappuwa with 67 residents suspected of planning to sail for Australia to seek asylum.

The issue of how to handle asylum seekers has divided the Australian Parliament, particularly where to process the asylum seekers.

The burning of asylum vessels is considered a routine procedure for the Australian Navy.

The eighth boat to arrive in Australian waters in just four days is likely to suffer the same fate as previous vessels which had transported a total of 913 asylum seeks for July alone.

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