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30 Muslim Rohingya Escape Jail in Thailand’s South

12 August 2013

Thirty Muslim Rohingya asylum seekers from Burma detained in southern Thailand for illegally entering the country escaped from a police jail cell on Friday, 10 days after they were moved from a crowded detention center, police said. More than 1,700 asylum seekers from Burma’s beleaguered Rohingya minority who arrived in Thailand by boat early this year are being held in crowded prisons. The men used blades to cut the cell’s bars and used ropes made of clothes to escape from the Sadao district police station in Songkhla province, Police Maj. Gen. Suwit Choensiri said. —AP