Civilian deaths in Myanmar’s armed conflict hit record high

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Mawlamyine, June (16)

At least 748 civilians were killed in five months of armed conflict and battles from January to May this year, ISP-Myanmar reported on June 14.

According to the ISP-Myanmar, civilian deaths in the first five months of this year account for roughly 60% of all civilian deaths in 2022.

At least 8,640 civilians have been killed in more than two years of the military coup, of whom at least 2,183 were shot dead during the protest or killed in custody by the military council.

In addition, at least 2,454 civilians were killed in fighting and armed conflict, and 4,003 were killed for allegedly being informers, according to the junta.

However, ISP-Myanmar states that it cannot independently confirm the civilian death toll figures reported by the military council.

According to the research, the Sagaing and Magway regions saw the highest number of civilian casualties, with hundreds more killing in ethnic areas such as Kayah, Kachin, Shan, and Karen States.

These civilian deaths are simply the data obtained by ISP – Myanmar, and the figure on the ground may be significantly higher if it is cross-checked with the data of independent groups, said the report.

News-Than Lwin Times

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