Thousands flee Myanmar to Thailand after military clashes with rebels

At least 2,500 people, including hundreds of children, have fled an outbreak in fighting between the army of Myanmar and ethnic minority rebels and have taken refuge across the border in Thailand, Thai authorities and an aid group said.

The displaced had arrived in the Thai city of Mae Sot after the clashes in recent days between the Karen National Union (KNU) and the Myanmar army said Somchai Kitcharoenrungroj, Lieutenant Governor of Western Tak Province at a press conference.

Myanmar was thrown into turmoil when the army overthrew a civilian government led by the Nobel laureate. Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, sparking protests in the cities and sporadic clashes in the countryside between the anti-junta militia and the army.

Tension continues between the military and the rebels in the area.

At times, fighting has also escalated between the army and ethnic minority insurgents in border areas, such as the KNU, Myanmar’s oldest rebel force.

Somchai put the number of displaced people on the Thai side of the border at 2,503. Ye Min, An official from the Committee of the Relief Alliance, a group of Myanmar migrants based in Thailand, said the total included 545 children.

“We are providing food assistance in collaboration with the Thai authorities,” Ye Min said by phone, adding that most of the displaced were from Lay kay kaw and other villages.

The KNU has been seeking self-determination in a region of around 1.6 million people.

Dead, injured after fighting in Myanmar reported

The KNU said in a social media post that four soldiers from Myanmar they died and four were wounded during the fighting on Wednesday.

A report by Public Voice Television, which is backed by Myanmar’s shadow government, released photos that it said showed seized weapons and eight members of the Myanmar security forces captured.

He said 18 government soldiers had died.

Reuters was unable to independently verify the claims and a spokesman for Myanmar’s military junta did not respond to a call seeking comment.

The provincial authorities of Tak They said there was a clash between the army and the KNU on Thursday about 500 meters (550 yards) from the Thai border.

He said a shell had landed on the Thai side of the border, although it had caused no damage or damage, and Thai forces had stepped up patrols in the area.

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