Doolaya, July (20)

 After the military’s seizure of power, a total of 71 civilians were killed by the airstrikes and mortar shells fired by the junta forces in Karen National Union (KNU)’s 6th Brigade in Dooplaya District.

Since 2021, there have been violent clashes between the military council and the Karen Revolutionary Forces on opposing sides of Dawna Hill, south of Myanmar’s main commerce route, the Asia Highway, in the Dooplaya District of the KNU.

During the battles, 71 civilians lost their lives as a result of heavy artillery fire and airstrikes by the military council, and more than 86,000 local residents were compelled to abandon their homes, according to a report issued by the Karen Peace Support Network (KPSN).

The Military Council also carried out 203 airstrikes between December 2021 and July 2022, a period of eight months. Along with civilian fatalities and injuries, residences, schools, and religious structures also sustained significant damage, according to the KPSN.

Most of the displaced people are taking refuge in the facilities built along the Thai-Myanmar border, and they are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

KPSN calls for increased cross-border humanitarian assistance to refugees through ethnic social service centers and community-based organizations.

Additionally, the KPSN urged governments to impose a global arms embargo, stop providing jet fuel to military council, impose economic sanctions, including a ban on natural gas, and suspend new development aid to the military dictatorship.

News – Than Lwin Times

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