A joint border patrol operation of Thai soldiers and police discovered a group of 15 Muslims refugees, 10 of whom were children, hidden in a forest 200 metres from the Thai-Cambodian border in Pa Rai sub district of Aranyaprathet district.
According to the initial investigation, they told Thai authorities that they were ethnic Muslim Uighurs from China’s Xinjiang region. They claimed to have fled the region and travelled to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. They were leaving to Malaysia with Turkey as their final destination.
They told authorities that there were thousands of ethnic Muslim Uighurs who travelled together with them. There were some 100 refugees staying in Cambodia waiting to enter Thailand.