Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Myanmar has witnessed clashes between the military and militants

Myanmar has witnessed clashes between the military and militants

The conflict, including in the northern-most state of Kachin, has escalated over the past month as the worldwide focus remains on the Rohingya crisis in the west of the country.

Myanmar's military frequently clashes with several groups, which say they are fighting for greater autonomy for ethnic minorities in the area, through which much of Myanmar's foreign trade flows. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text.

"Nineteen people were killed in the battle", - said the source publication. He told dpa earlier that just 17 people were killed in the attack.

China's embassy in Myanmar said in a statement that the conflict had sent stray bullets into China, along with an unidentified number of people seeking refuge. "Many civilians they go to the casinos and it causes many social problems, so we launched a major assault", Tar Aik Kyaw said.

The TNLA spokesman said he believed some residents had fled over the border.

Last year, Beijing estimated that a flare-up in violence led to more than 20,000 refugees crossing the border, while fighting in 2009 and 2015 displaced tens of thousands of people.

The latest attack was a setback for the country's civilian leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, whose stated priority amid a stuttering transition from full military rule has been to usher in peace.

The insurgency in the northeast - which is separate from the Rohingya crisis to the west - is one of some two dozen ethnic minority rebellions that have roiled Myanmar's border regions since independence in 1948.

More than a third of Myanmar's townships are affected by unresolved conflict, according to a 2017 report from the Asia Foundation. Two of the attacks occurred at military bases and the other at a bridge.

"She should stand firm with the people but she compromised with the military", he said.

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