Rebel Group Says More Than 12,000 Displaced By Myanmar Junta Air

A rebel group has implicated Myanmar’s military of releasing “extreme force”, saying on Saturday that constant air strikes have displaced more than 12,000 unarmed civilians, consisting of kids.

Late last month, the ethnic armed group Karen National Union (KNU) seized a military base in eastern Kayin state, killing 10 army officers. The junta struck back with air campaign.

The KNU has actually been a vocal challenger of the military junta– which ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi from power 2 months earlier– and said it is safeguarding hundreds of anti-coup activists.

On Saturday, the KNU condemned the use of “excessive force by taking part in non-stop battle and air strikes” from March 27 – 30, which have “triggered the deaths of many people including children”.

” The air strikes have also resulted in the further displacement of more than 12,000 people who have actually fled their villages and caused a major humanitarian crisis.”

Junta representative Zaw Minutes Tun stated the armed force has actually just been targeting KNU’s 5th Brigade– which led the seizure of the military base and eliminated officers.

” We had an air strike on that day only,” he informed AFP.

A rebel group has implicated Myanmar’s armed force of using “excessive force” after air strikes injured unarmed civilians ROYAL THAI ARMY/ Handout

” We have signed a nationwide ceasefire contract … If they follow the NCA, there is no factor for dispute to take place,” Zaw Min Tun stated.

Ethnic Karen local media and rights groups have actually reported several battles and air campaign throughout the state over current days.

About 3,000 individuals left to neighbouring Thailand on Monday, crossing the Salween River to seek shelter. However a lot of returned to Myanmar by Wednesday, which Thailand declared was “voluntary”.

Myanmar has been in chaos because the military took power on February 1, setting off an enormous uprising across the country with protesters demanding the repair of the elected federal government.

Info circulation in the nation has likewise been throttled, with the junta cutting wifi services, mobile information and enforcing a nighttime web blackout that has actually gone on for nearly 50 days.

Myanmar’s border regions are mostly managed by numerous ethnic armed groups that have actually long upset for higher autonomy.

Territory in the northern Kachin state– held by the Kachin Independence Army– has also seen a recent step-up in military activity.

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