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Thai border town evacuated after Karen army attack on Burmese military outpost

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Around 450 villagers in Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province near the Myanmar border evacuated the area after a Karen army attacked and took over a Burmese military camp. The attack was so close to the Thai village that residents could hear the gunshots and explosions. One evacuee was shot in her knee by a stray bullet, the governor says.

Since the February military takeover, outsing the country’s democratically elected leader and other civilian politicians, hundreds of anti-coup protesters have been killed by military security forces. Many ethnic armies that occupy territories along the Myanmar border have supported the anti-coup movement, leading to clashes with the state military.

A prominent ethnic army, the military wing of the Karen National Union, or KNU, attacked the Burmese military outpost. The head of foreign affairs for the union told reporters they had captured the outpost. A resident in Thailand’s border town told reporters she could hear the gunshots.

“I heard distant sounds of gunfire since early in the morning and all of us were fearful… Some were evacuated to other areas because they feared more escalated fighting such as airstrikes.”

Governor Sithichai Chindaluang told reporters that around 450 villagers were evacuated to safe areas in Thailand to shelter. With the ongoing violence just across the border, the Thai foreign ministry said Thailand would give sanctuary to ethnic Karen who flee the neighbouring country.

Just last month, the Karen army overran a military base, but the country’s junta later fought back at night with airstrikes. Many fled the area and crossed over to Thailand.

SOURCE: Benar News

 

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    michael cooksey

    Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 12:11 am

    OMG, an army of Karens…. All with their cell phones, unmasked and demanding to see the manager and calling the police……………. the horror 🙂

    • Thaiger

      Thaiger

      Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 8:29 am

      lol, we thought about that horror show too.

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    J. Johnston

    Friday, April 30, 2021 at 10:58 am

    So, where is the cohesion of ASEAN?
    Where is the UN? This is pathetic. It’s way past time for the world to step in and end this piracy. The Shan and Karen were at peace with Ky. 60 years of fighting and then peace. Now, back to the game of killing. And for what? We all know who is behind this. Time to wake up and stop playing appeasement.

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