Myanmar crisis: Thousands misplaced in country's northwest, many flee to India

The UN has called for parties to the conflict to protect civilians and humanitarians and reiterated that aid workers and their properties should never be a target

Press Trust of India November 03, 2021 13:16:08 IST
Myanmar crisis: Thousands misplaced in country's northwest, many flee to India

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About 37,000 people, including women and children, are now displaced in Myanmar's northwest and many have fled their homes in anticipation of the current fighting, including into India, a spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

The UN team in Myanmar remains deeply concerned over the recent escalation in fighting in the northwest between the Myanmar military and the local Popular Defence Forces in Chin State, as well as Magway and Sagaing regions, Associate spokesperson for the Secretary-General Florencia Soto Nino said at the daily press briefing Monday. She added that this has led to more people being displaced and the property being destroyed, nine months after the military seized control over the government of Myanmar on 1 February.

There have also been worrying reports in recent days of the shelling and burning of more than 160 houses of civilians in the town of Thantlang in western Chin.

Nino said that as per their humanitarian colleagues, some 37,000 people, including women and children, were now displaced in the country's northwest, many have fled their homes in anticipation of the current fighting, including into India. She added that this is in addition to more than 7,000 people who remain displaced from the previous fighting since December 2019.

She said that the UN team repeats its calls for parties to the conflict to meet their obligations under international humanitarian law to protect civilians and humanitarians, and reiterates that aid workers and their properties should never be a target.

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