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Myanmar: Apparently many civilians killed in Myanmar

Status: December 25, 2021 9:18 pm

The military government in Myanmar reportedly carried out a massacre of villagers. More than 30 people are said to have been killed and burned. Two employees of the organization “Save The Children” are missing.

In Myanmar, human rights activists reported that the cremated bodies of at least 35 people were found. Children should also be among them. The victims were civilians who wanted to flee their villages because of fighting, a member of the Karenni Human Rights Group told the dpa news agency. They were arrested and killed by soldiers from the military junta.

Another member of the group said, citing local residents, that the junta had left cremated bodies near the village of Mu So in Hpruso Township. “We found some cremated bodies with their hands tied behind their backs. Our people were brutally killed,” said a member of the local resistance group. “The civilians were collectively burned here.”

A villager told the AP news agency that he did not see the moment of the killing himself, but that children’s clothing was also found among the cremated bodies. They weren’t part of any guerrilla force. Independent media in Myanmar reported that ten Mo So villagers, including children, had been arrested. Four members of a paramilitary force tried to negotiate their release but were handcuffed and shot in the head.

Aid organization employee missing

The aid organization “Save the Children” announced that two of its employees were missing. “We have confirmation that your private vehicle was attacked and set on fire,” said the organization. The two helpers were on their way back from a humanitarian mission in the region. According to its own statements, the NGO suspended its work in several regions.

“Save the Children” spoke of at least 38 deaths in the incident. “The military has reportedly forced people out of their cars, arrested some, killed others and burned their bodies,” it said. She condemned the attack as a breach of international humanitarian law.

According to the Myanmar Witness observatory, which claims to be collecting evidence of human rights violations in the country, “35 people, including children and women, were burned and killed by the military on December 24th.”

Military government confirms clashes

A junta spokesman said there were clashes with rebels on Friday after soldiers tried to stop seven “suspicious” cars. The trucks were shot at and several people were killed, the spokesman said without giving any details.

The Myanmar military is said to have killed several villagers as early as early December after an attack on a military convoy. Children were also said to have been among the victims of December 7th. On Saturday there was also new fighting in neighboring Kayin State, where thousands of people have sought refuge from fighting. Local authorities reported air and artillery attacks on Lay Kay Kaw, which is controlled by Karen rebels.

The country has been plunging into chaos and violence since a coup in February. The military had ousted the de facto head of government Aung San Suu Kyi and has been ruling with brutal severity ever since. There have been protests across the country that killed more than 1,300 people and arrested more than 10,000 in the crackdown. Local armed forces have formed in many parts of the South Asian country to resist the junta. There are repeated reports of serious human rights violations. Information from locals and media reports from Myanmar can currently hardly be independently verified.

Reference-www.tagesschau.de

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