KNU calls on international community to take action against junta airstrikes in practical ways

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Hpapun, 12 September

The Karen National Union (KNU) has urged international organizations to take more effective and practical action against the military council, which brazenly commits the illegal war crimes and airstrikes.

The KNU’s request came after dozens of local people, including school teachers and students, were killed when junta planes bombed three villages in Luthaw Township, KNU’s Hpapun District, on 7 September.

A school, a student hostel, a church, a place of worship, and 10 residential houses were destroyed due to the aerial bombardment of the military council, according to the statement.

The KNU’s Central Executive Committee issued a statement on September 11 regarding the airstrikes by the military council in Hpapun District, which resulted in the deaths of 12 teachers and students and the destruction of religious and educational buildings.

According to KNU spokesperson Padoh Saw Tony, the KNU calls on the UN, governments, legal mechanisms, and various organizations to implement more effective and practical ways and expand sanctions against the military council, which is blatantly violating war crimes and airstrikes against civilians.

According to the KNU, the junta army deliberately bombarded religious facilities, schools, and residential buildings while targeting innocent civilians.

The statement also stated that the Karen National Union will protect the lives and property of its people in various ways.

According to Padoh Saw Tony, the military council’s artillery shelling and airstrikes in the 5th Brigade of the Hpapun District and the 3rd Brigade of the Nyaunglaybin District have led to more civilian casualties.

According to the statement, 11 schools were closed due to the bombardment of the regime troops in KNU’s Hpapun District, and teachers and students were forced to flee to safety because they did not dare to go to school.

On September 5, KNU’s military aircraft bombed Law Mu Thaw and Phayar Lay Kon villages in Kyauk Gyi Township, Nyaunlaybin District, temporarily closing Law Mu Thaw High School with 272 students and Law Mu Pae Elementary School with 33 students, delaying the students’ education, according to KNU.

According to Karen civil society organizations, more than 600,000 local people have fled junta raids and human rights violations targeting the civilians in the KNU’s Kawthoolei area and are still in need of humanitarian aid.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: MOI/KNU

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