More than 30 people, including women and children, have been killed in Myanmar. The incident took place last Friday during clashes between the army and rebels in the country’s Kaya province. The news was reported by Reuters, citing local residents, media reports and human rights groups.
According to the local Kareni human rights group, they found the burnt bodies of internally displaced persons, including elderly people, women and children, killed by the Myanmar army near Mo So village in Hapruso on Saturday. The group said in a statement on its Facebook page, “We strongly condemn this inhumane and brutal killing that violates human rights.”
Myanmar’s state media quoted the army as saying that the army had shot dead several “armed terrorists” of the opposition armed forces in the village. The report said the gunmen were in seven vehicles and did not stop despite instructions from the military. Reuters did not receive any comment from the Myanmar military.
The local Kareni National Defense Force is one of the largest anti-junta civilian militias. They say the dead were not members of the group, but civilians who had taken refuge in the conflict.
One of the group’s commanders, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters: “We were shocked to learn that all the bodies were children, women and the elderly.” “I went to see her this morning,” he told Reuters. I saw burnt corpses, children’s and women’s clothes scattered around. ‘
It is noteworthy that on February 1 this year, the military seized power by overthrowing the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and imprisoning Suu Kyi. Protests have been going on in the country since then and the junta has continued to kill. The security forces are also carrying out regular attacks on the protests. Apart from this, arrests are also happening.