Nyaunglaybin, April (13)

The regime troops opened fire on the communities with heavy weapons in Kyauk Gyi Township, which is under the territory of KNU Brigade 3 in Nyaunglaybin District, forcing more than 2,000 local residents from the two villages to flee to safety, the KNU reported.

On April 11, five mortar shells were fired from the Baw Ka Htar junta camp into Mabi village in Kyaukgyi Township, and four of them exploded, hitting the home of a pastor and damaging it, according to the statement.

On the same day, the junta base fired one artillery shell into Padekaw village, but there was no destruction.

According to the statement, 2,693 people from Mabi and Pade villages in KNU’s Kyaukgyi Township were forced to escape by the junta shelling.

According to Saw Nanda Su, the official of the Karen Human Rights Organization (KHRG), the number of displaced people in the entire region of the KNU Brigade 7 has increased as a result of junta artillery shelling and airstrikes, and they are in urgent need of humanitarian aid.

“Human rights, career opportunities, and freedom of movement are being violated. In particular, airstrikes, arbitrary shelling, targeted attacks on the civilians, arbitrary arrests and killings are huge human rights violations that amount to war crimes. This also violates international humanitarian law,” he said.

According to the Karen Human Rights Group (KHRG), the military council’s mortar shelling and the clashes in KNU-controlled areas have displaced more than 600,000 people in the two years following the coup, and they are in need of more assistance.

The military council has frequently carried out military operations and human rights violations in the KNU territory, clashing with the joint forces of the KNLA, and the fighting between the two sides continues to intensify.

According to the statement of the KNU, there were more than 8,000 battles in the KNU territory during the military coup, and the displaced people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

News – Than Lwin Times

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