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Myanmar Confirms It Struck Rebel Village in Deadly Attack on ‘Terrorists’

Myanmar military officers leave the venue during a parade to commemorate Myanmar’s 78th Armed Forces Day in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Monday, March 27, 2023.InternationalIndiaAfricaTuesday’s airstrike was the latest violent episode in a civil war that has stretched for over two years and since devolved into inter-ethnic bloodshed.Myanmar’s government has confirmed it struck a village early Tuesday in an attack on an armed dissident group in the remote township of Kanbalu.Media outlets financed by the US, British, and French states claimed that dozens of deaths were recorded in the strike, which Myanmar’s leaders defended by noting they were targeting anti-government militants.”There was [an] office opening ceremony” by the group at “about 8 AM at Pazi Gyi village,” explained Zaw Min Tun, a senior spokesman for the Myanmar Army, who reportedly affirmed: “We attacked that place.”A statement by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ office said he “strongly condemns the attack by the Myanmar Armed Forces today.”The US issued a statement condemning Myanmar as well.The State Department said it’s “deeply concerned” about the strikes, which spokesman Vedant Patel claimed “further underscore” what he called “the regime’s disregard for human life.”The government of Myanmar classifies groups like the one it struck Tuesday as terrorists, and has pledged to return the entirety of its country to its control.AsiaIndonesia Using ‘Quiet Diplomacy’ in Talks With Myanmar’s Political Forces – President15 March, 19:41 GMTIt last drew condemnation from Western governments for an attack on ethnic separatists in October 2022 which reportedly left as many as 60 dead.

Myanmar’s current leadership seized power in early 2021 following what they described as massive election fraud by Aung San Suu Kyi, a pro-Western figurehead who was widely embraced by liberal and neoconservative politicians in the US and Europe.

This February, on the two-year anniversary of her departure, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom announced another round of sanctions aimed at clamping down on Myanmar’s new leaders.

Last month, the country’s military confirmed it was establishing another six-month extension of a state of emergency, postponing elections slated for August for a fourth time due to the national security situation.



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