Yangon, 22 Jumadil Akhir 1438/21 March 2017 (MINA) – The United Nations said on Monday that at least 30,000 people have fled fighting in Myanmar’s northern Shan State.
In addition to the 20,000 who have fled across the border to China, more than 10,000 migrant workers are estimated to have returned to other parts of the country, according to humanitarian organizations quoted by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
On March 6, fighting erupted between the Myanmar military and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army. According to state media reports, dozens have since been killed in the clashes, IINA News reported.
In another incident, at least four civilians were reported to have been killed in fighting between the Myanmar Military and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army in Kutkai Township in northern Shan State.
Calls from the Chinese government for an immediate ceasefire were ignored. In 2015, fighting in Shan State spilled over the border into China.
The civilian government of the country’s de-facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi launched a peace process in August, but the conflict has since worsened. A peace conference meeting scheduled for February was postponed.(T/R04/RS5)
Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)