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Hundreds flee into Thailand following Myanmar air strikes

Yangon: Thai authorities alongside the nation’s northwestern border braced themselves on Monday for a attainable inflow of extra ethnic Karen villagers fleeing new airstrikes from the Myanmar navy.

Myanmar navy plane carried out three strikes in a single day on Sunday into Monday, in keeping with Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian reduction company that delivers medical and different help to villagers. The strikes presumably injured one particular person however precipitated no obvious fatalities, a member of the company stated.


Earlier Sunday, an estimated 3,000 folks crossed the river dividing the 2 international locations into Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province following two days of aerial assaults.

Video shot that day reveals a bunch of villagers, together with many younger kids, resting in a forest clearing inside Myanmar, having fled their properties. They carried their possessions in bundles and baskets.

In Sunday’s earlier assaults, Myanmar navy plane dropped bombs on a Karen guerrilla place in an space on the Salween River in Karen state’s Mutraw district, in keeping with staff for 2 humanitarian reduction businesses.


Two guerrillas have been killed and lots of extra have been wounded in these assaults, stated a member of the Free Burma Rangers.

On Saturday evening, two Myanmar navy planes twice bombed Deh Bu Noh village in Mutraw district, killing no less than two villagers.

The assaults could have been retaliation for the Karen Nationwide Liberation Military, which is preventing for higher autonomy for the Karen folks, attacking and capturing a authorities navy outpost on Saturday morning.

Based on Thoolei Information, a web based website that carries official data from the KNU, eight authorities troopers together with a second lieutenant have been captured within the assault and 10 have been killed, together with a lieutenant colonel who was a deputy battalion commander. The report stated one Karen guerrilla had been killed.


The strain on the frontier comes because the leaders of the resistance to final month’s coup that toppled Myanmar’s elected authorities are searching for to have the Karen and different ethnic teams band collectively and be a part of them as allies, which might add an armed aspect to their wrestle.

The airstrikes mark an escalation within the more and more violent crackdown by the Myanmar authorities in opposition to opponents of the February 1 navy takeover.

A minimum of 114 folks throughout the nation have been killed by safety forces on Saturday alone, together with a number of kids —a toll that has prompted a UN human rights professional to accuse the junta of committing “mass homicide” and to criticise the worldwide group for not doing sufficient to cease it.


The Safety Council is prone to maintain closed consultations on the escalating scenario in Myanmar, UN diplomats stated Sunday, talking on situation of anonymity forward of an official announcement.

The council has condemned the violence and known as for a restoration of democracy, however has not but thought of attainable sanctions in opposition to the navy, which might require assist or an abstention by Myanmar’s neighbour and good friend China.

The coup, which ousted Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected authorities, reversed years of progress towards democracy after 5 many years of navy rule. It has once more made Myanmar the main target of worldwide scrutiny as safety forces have repeatedly fired into crowds of protesters.


As of Sunday, no less than 459 folks have been killed for the reason that takeover, in keeping with the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners, which has tallied deaths it was capable of confirm. The true toll is considered increased.

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