Myanmar’s army has shot dead 30 people and burned their bodies in the state of Kayah. Among the dead were women and children.This information was given in the report of the news agency AP quoting eyewitnesses and other sources on Saturday (December 25).
Karenni human rights group says, on Saturday, they said in the city of Hipruso in the state of Kayah. Burnt bodies of displaced Myanmar people have been found in So village. The group strongly condemned the inhumane and barbaric killings in a Facebook post.
The army said it had killed the militants. The dead were in seven vehicles. They did not stop even though they were signaled to stop before the killing.The images shared by human rights groups show more than 30 burnt bodies in three vehicles.
The border situation in Myanmar has been heated for a week. The junta has launched new airstrikes and heavy shelling in the border province of Karen. Myanmar’s pro-democracy group Karen National Union KNU said the military had carried out at least two airstrikes in the province on Thursday night. The town of Le Cay Kao was also shelled on Friday. A series of airstrikes has raised new concerns. Thousands of people are fleeing the Thai border to seek refuge.
In such a situation, Karen fighters have demanded the United Nations to declare the city of Le Cay Kao a “no-fly zone”.Human rights groups say Myanmar’s military is carrying out a series of attacks aimed at destabilizing the country. They have offered to repatriate refugees who have fled to Thailand soon.
Earlier, in August 2016, more than one million Rohingyas fled across the border and took refuge in Bangladesh after being attacked by the country’s army in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.
The United Nations has strongly condemned the killing of civilians in Myanmar’s Karen and Kaya prefectures and called for an impartial investigation.
The United States has said that those responsible for the killings will be held accountable. Meanwhile, the junta government has denied allegations of military torture against civilians. The Foreign Office has described the allegations as anti-government propaganda.
Hundreds of people in Myanmar’s Karen province also gathered on the Thai border in the face of an army operation on Monday. However, Thai authorities tightened security at the border to prevent intrusion. In the last few days, thousands of Myanmar people have taken refuge in the border areas of Thailand to save their lives in the face of military torture.
Myanmar’s government, meanwhile, has come under fire around the world since reports surfaced in the media last Friday of the killing of civilians, including children, in Kaya province. Condemned by the United States, Australia, the European Union and the United Nations.
A UN official said in a statement on Sunday that they were “shocked” by the incident. He called for an end to the torture of civilians in Myanmar and for a proper investigation into the incident. The US embassy in Myanmar also issued a statement. Pressure will continue to be brought to hold those involved accountable, they said.
Meanwhile, Myanmar’s junta government has denied military action against civilians in various provinces. In a statement issued on Monday, the Foreign Office said that the opposition was spreading false anti-government propaganda without knowing the truth of the incident.
At least 36 people, including women and children, were killed in an army operation in a village in Myanmar’s Kaya province on Friday. Their bodies were later set on fire, according to various human rights groups. However, the Myanmar army has claimed that such allegations are false.