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Bloodiest day in Myanmar sees over 100 killed

Yangon: Opponents of the ruling junta in Myanmar on Sunday mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest d...

Yangon: Opponents of the ruling junta in Myanmar on Sunday mourned the killings of at least 114 people by security forces in the bloodiest day since the military coup on February 1.

The online news site Myanmar Now reported late on Saturday that the death toll had reached 114. A count issued by an independent researcher in Yangon who has been compiling near-real time death tolls put the total at 107, spread over more than two dozen cities and towns.

Children were among those killed on Saturday, Myanmar’s Armed Forces Day, according to news reports and witnesses.

Saturday also brought some of the heaviest fighting since the coup between the army and the ethnic armed groups that control swathes of the country.

Military jets had killed at least three people in a raid on a village controlled by an armed group from the Karen minority, a civil society group said on Sunday, after the Karen National Union faction earlier said it had overrun an army post near the Thai border, killing 10 people. The airstrikes sent villagers fleeing into the jungle.

A junta spokesman did not answer calls seeking comment on the killings or the fighting.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the junta leader, had said during a parade to mark Armed Forces Day that the military would protect the people and strive for democracy.

The dead included 40 people, one of them a 13-year-old girl, in Myanmar’s second city of Mandalay. At least 27 people were killed in the commercial hub Yangon, Myanmar Now said. Another 13-year-old was among the dead in the central Sagaing region.

Deaths were recorded from the Kachin region in the mountainous north to Taninthartharyi in the far south on the Andaman Sea - taking the overall number of civilians reported killed since the coup to more than 440.

In the United States, he Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemning the violence said, “We are horrified by the bloodshed perpetrated by Burmese security forces, showing that the junta will sacrifice the lives of the people to serve the few,” he said in a tweet. “I send my deepest condolences to the victims' families. The courageous people of Burma reject the military's reign of terror.”

The EU delegation to Myanmar said Saturday would “forever stay engraved as a day of terror and dishonour.”

UN Special Rapporteur Tom Andrews said it was time for the world to take action - if not through the UN Security Council then through an international emergency summit. He said the junta should be cut off from all funding, such as oil and gas revenues, as well as access to weapons. (Agencies)


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