China for immediate ceasefire b/w Myanmar forces, ethnic rebels
May 13, 2018, 14:05
At least 19 people were killed in clashes between Myanmar's military and an ethnic insurgent group in the remote northern Shan state close to the Chinese border, AFP reported quoting unidentified military officials.
The fighting erupted at Muse town yesterday in which nineteen people have been killed so far.
Rights defenders say clashes in the north near the main border gate with China have ramped up since January as the global community focuses on the Rohingya crisis in the west of the country. "It is just a destructive terrorist act". "We do not know what was going on and who was fighting", said Muse resident Aye Aye.
The TNLA claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on Facebook saying they were a response to recent Myanmar army offensives against another armed group, the Kachin Independence Army, or KIA.
An injured man sits inside a vehicle in Muse, northern Shan state, Myanmar.
The United Nations estimates more than 690,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh since fighting in the western state of Rakhine broke out last August.
Observers believe Beijing holds significant sway over the ethnic rebels near its border and is a key player in a faltering peace process steered by Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In the past few months, clashes between rebels and the military in Myanmar's northeastern region have intensified, resulting in thousands of displaced in neighbouring Kachin state.
China on Sunday condemned fighting in Myanmar between Myanmar government troops and ethnic militants near the Chinese border, which had caused people to flee into Chinese territory.
More than a third of Myanmar's townships are affected by unresolved conflict, according to a 2017 report from the Asia Foundation.
The security police fought back against insurgents in cooperation with Paysay People's Militia Group and Myoma People's Militia Group.
Suu Kyi managed to bring two ethnic groups into a ceasefire accord in February, adding to eight others who had inked the deal before she took office.
"She should stand firm with the people but she compromised with the military", he said.
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