Myanmar airstrikes target ethnic forces on 2 fronts: reports

Myanmar airstrikes target ethnic forces on 2 fronts: reports


BANGKOK — Myanmar government forces launched airstrikes against ethnic minority guerrillas in two areas of the country on Wednesday, local reports said.

Fighting has been raging daily in northern Myanmar in territory controlled by the Kachin Independence Organization, representing the Kachin minority, and in the east by the Karen National Union, representing the Karen.

Anti-coup protesters run after seeing police and soldiers arrive to disperse their demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar, Tuesday, April 27, 2021. AP

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Both groups have struck alliances with the popular movement opposing the military junta that seized power in the country in February after ousting the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Generally non-violent marches against military rule continue in many cities and towns, despite the security forces’ use of lethal force to stop them.

Anti-coup protesters hold a banner that reads “What are these? We are Yangon residents!” as they march during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday April 27, 2021. AP

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