March 22, 2023

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Fighting between the army and rebel groups has intensified in Gaya state


Nearly a year after the military coup in Burma, fighting between the military and anti-junta rebel groups in the east of the country has intensified for ten days. UN Security Council calls for immediate end to hostilities in Gaya

Tensions are particularly high in the cities of Loyakov and Demozo in the province of Gaya, about 200 km east of the capital. There the army is said to have carried out airstrikes and fired artillery.

According to witnesses interviewed by the AFP, hundreds of monks abandoned their monasteries and left the city in dozens of trucks. But that’s not all. The UN says nearly 90,000 people have fled the state of Kayah. According to local media they are almost double.

The “deserted” city

In Loika, insurgents have abandoned churches and taken over homes. A local police officer said they forcibly opened the prison doors in an attempt to persuade the inmates to join them. At this stage, 35 people were killed Christmas Eve and their bodies were cremated. Massacre by the military. Fifteen priests fled.

Burma is in turmoil after a military coup overthrew Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, 2021, ending a decade of democratic change. In Gaya, as elsewhere in the country, ethnic insurgent groups, with the help of civilian militants, Took up arms against the military regime Since the onset of the dry season in November.

UN calls on army to stop attacks

The military junta has been quiet in the face of calls for dialogue initiated by the international community. UN Security Council calls on Burma to suspend uranium enrichment Reporter Tom Andrews returns to Army Chief of Staff Min Aung Hling End to attacks Loykov and Allow humanitarian assistance .

In addition, the human rights watchdog Human Rights Watch said the military was blocking the delivery of aid and medical supplies to areas where resistance was strong, when health and humanitarian conditions were critical. According to a local NGO, more than 1,400 civilians have been killed and more than 11,000 arrested by security forces.

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Aung San Suu Kyi has already been sentenced to six years in prison. Risk of detention for decades At the end of his trial. The 76-year-old has been kept secret by commanders for nearly a year.

Listen and read more: Burma: The military’s response is “powerful and terrifying,” warns Myanmar’s Witness NGO.

(With AFP)