The Burmese military is accused of attacking a convoy transporting civilians and killing more than 30 people, but it claims to be “suppressing terrorists.”
The Karen human rights organization, which operates in Kayin State in southeastern Myanmar, stated on December 25 that government forces opened fire on a convoy in eastern Kayah State, killing more than 30 people. Myanmar,the day before.
The organization stated that “burned bodies” were found near the village of Hpruso in Kayah State. They also said that two members of Save the Children, an international humanitarian organization, disappeared after the attack.
At the same time, the Burmese media quoted a statement from government forces that they opened fire on “many armed terrorists” in the village’s opposition armed forces. These people took 7 vehicles and did not stop when the Burmese soldiers gave orders. The Myanmar military has not yet commented on the information.
The opposition Myanmar National Unity Government (NUG) called it the “Christmas Massacre in Kayah State” and accused the government forces of “capturing some villagers and tourists and destroying their property.”
A representative of the Karenni Defense Forces, one of Myanmar’s largest armed insurgents, said that it was not their own members who lost their lives in the shooting, but civilians who sought refuge after the conflict.
Save the Children stated that two of its employees were shot and disappeared on their way to the Christmas holiday. The organization believes that at least 38 people were killed in the attack and has suspended operations in Kayah and Chin states, and Magway and Karen areas.
Martin Griffiths, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, “condemned the heartbreaking incidents and attacks against civilians in Myanmar that are prohibited by international humanitarian law” on December 26.
Griffith said: “I urge the authorities to immediately begin a thorough and transparent investigation of the attack so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice quickly.” “I call on the Myanmar Armed Forces and all other armed groups in the country to take all measures. So as not to harm civilians.”
Embassy America The Burmese said they were “shocked” by the attack in Kayah State that killed more than 30 people, including women and children.
The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar said on Twitter: “We will continue to put pressure on those responsible for the violence against civilians in Myanmar.”
The Burmese army fell into chaos after arresting the Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in February and taking office. Protest demonstrations and riots broke out in various cities in Burma, forcing government forces to use force to repel. Some protesters rely on insurgent groups to oppose the Burmese government forces.
The Myanmar Political Prisoners Support Association (AAPP) stated that government forces killed more than 1,300 people and captured more than 11,000. However, the Burmese military government denied the news and stated that the United Nations was biased in citing the organization’s data.
Ruan Jin (follow CNN, Al Jazeera)