BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand has deported dozens of Rohingya boat people back to Myanmar, an official said Thursday, despite a UN appeal to accept members of the Muslim minority fleeing sectarian bloodshed. The 73 Rohingya, including 15 women, were sent back across the border on Wednesday after landing on the southern island of Phuket, said Ditthaporn Sasasmit, a spokesman for the kingdom’s Internal Security Operation Command. “The waves were high and it might have been dangerous to go further, so Thailand allowed them to come into the country and detained them as illegal immigrants,” he said. “Phuket immigration police sent them back overland via Ranong, where there is a border checkpoint.”