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Junta troops loot, destroy houses, beat civilians in eastern Bago

Khalid Umar Malik
06 Jul 2022, 23:31 GMT+10

BAGO, Myanmar - Over the weekend, nearly 40,000 civilians fled their homes in the eastern Bago Region's Kyaukkyi Township due to clashes between Karen National Union (KNU) and the regime forces.

The KNU said in a statement released Monday that the military's use of airstrikes and heavy artillery in retaliation for attacks on five army outposts triggered the mass exodus.

According to the group's statement, the KNU and its allies overran the Aung Laung Sein, Kyaung Pyar, Kawt Pyin, Kyun Pin Seik, and Kyaung Su outposts on Saturday, which are all located east of the Sittaung River, about 30 kilometers from the town of Kyaukkyi.

The KNU claimed that the junta's indiscriminate shelling and aerial attacks had displaced residents from 26 villages.

According to the KNU spokesperson, three villages near the outposts-Aung Laung Sein, Kyun Pin Seik, and Tat Kone-were raided.

"Junta troops looted and destroyed houses and beat civilians," said the spokesperson.

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