Thousands Seek Refuge in China amid Ongoing Myanmar War
An overnight enraged war that was witnessed on Tuesday between the Myanmar army and an ethnic community has led to thousands of Myanmar residents in the Shan and Kachin states to cross the border and seek refuge in China.
Activists believe that not less than 3,000 citizens have fled following airstrikes and massive wars that had been witnessed in the region. The war reached its peak on Tuesday.
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"There was a big fight yesterday," Dashi Naw Lawn, the secretary of the Kachin Network Development Foundation, told AFP in an interview. "The government used planes to attack the area around Laiza."
The Myanmar army has been at war with the rebel group the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) since last year in November, with the government troop seeking to chase the rebel group away from the region. A lot of people have lost their lives following the incident and hundreds of thousands have been displaced.
There has been fears that the unrest witnessed in the region could deter peace talks set for February in the region between the government, the army, and KIA.
Press TV highlighted Khon Ja, a Kachin activist, saying that at least 3,600 people had fled overnight from their IDP camps in a bid to escape the violence.
"Around a third of the escapees had managed to cross a river into China. The rest had been stranded on the Myanmar side," Khon said.
A 12-day visit by Yanghee Lee, a UN special rapporteur, had to be canceled following the massive war witnessed in Myanmar.