AFP – The United Nations says that more than 200,000 people have been displaced due to fighting in Myanmar. After an alliance of ethnic minorities launched attacks last month,
Fighting has been continuing since October 27 in northern Shan State. Near the Chinese border after the Burmese National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Tang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and Arakan Army (AA) launched attacks on the army.
The coalition closed major trade routes to China and seized border hub cities. This is what analysts say is the biggest military challenge to the military council since it seized power in 2021.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Wednesday that “more than 200,000 people in Shan, Chin, Kayah and Mon states and the Sagaing region have been forcibly displaced as a result of the fighting.”
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs cited initial reports from the field stating that at least 75 civilians, including children, were killed and 94 others were injured in the fighting.
Both sides set up checkpoints on the roads they control in Shan State. Mobile phone communications continued to be cut outside Lashio city. This hinders the delivery of aid. The United Nations reported
The military government also declared martial law in several cities in Shan State. This further hampers relief efforts.
This remote, forested area is home to oil and gas pipelines heading to China. The communication blackout also made it difficult to confirm the death toll.
The junta admits it has lost territory but denies claims by armed groups that it has taken control of towns in northern Shan state. Pointing out that it is propaganda
This week, the Arakan Army launched new attacks on soldiers in Rakhine State. In Kaya state, with areas adjacent to the Thai border, anti-junta fighters said they were fighting soldiers near the town of Loikaw. That is the state capital.
“Subtly charming student. Pop culture junkie. Creator. Amateur music specialist. Beer fanatic.”