Burma / Myanmar: 30,000 Civilians Reported Displaced By Fighting

10 Aug

BANGKOK (AP) — Activists say fighting this year between rebels and troops of Myanmar‘s new civilian government has displaced more than 30,000 civilians in the country’s east.

The Shan Human Rights Foundation and the Shan Women’s Action Network say the civilians face “a dire humanitarian crisis” with many living in forest areas near their villages with no international aid.

The skirmishes ending a two-decade cease-fire began in March as the civilian government took over after years of rule by a military junta with the aim of restoring democracy to Myanmar.

The activist groups say in their statement Wednesday that the fighting intensified in July when 4,000 troops backed by fighter jets moved to seize a rebel group’s headquarters in Wan Hai.

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