KNU says junta must be held accountable for burning of nearly 20 civilians

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Mone Township, May (16)

The KNU’s Central Committee has issued a statement saying that the military council should be held accountable for the inhumane killing of nearly 20 civilians by regime troops in Nyaungpinthar village in Mone Township under KNU Brigade 3, Nyaunglaybin District.

On May 10, a coalition force of more than 100 junta troops led by the Southern Regions Command of the military council engaged in a battle with KNLA Brigade 3 near Nyaungpinthar village, and five soldiers, including one captain, one lieutenant, and one corporal, were killed, according to the statement.

The suffering junta army took the villagers of Nyaungpinthar as hostages, tied them with ropes, burned and killed 19 civilians, including four children and 11 women, and brutally tortured and killed another villager.

In addition, four villagers from Ye Ou Sin and three from other villages, for a total of seven, were abducted as human shields by regime troops for security reason, according to the KNU.

The the Karen National Union (KNU) expressed its sympathies with families in mourning and the individuals who are being used as human shields.

The KNU strongly denounced the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the military council and said it would keep fighting for justice.

According to the statement, the junta units that participated in that operation were Infantry Battalion 73 under the command of the Southern Command, Light Infantry Battalions 559 and 590, Infantry Battalion 84 under the Military Operations Command (MOC-6); and Light Infantry Battalion 15 under Division 99.

The KNU calls on the UN member states, international legal mechanisms, ASEAN member states, and international human rights organizations to take additional measures in more effective and practical ways against the military council, which is brazenly committing war crimes by torturing, killing, and burning people like this.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo – KNU

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