Around 100k displaced in new east Myanmar fighting: UN

Kolkata, India: The UN said Tuesday that new violence between Myanmar's military and rebel groups in the country's east has displaced an estimated 100,000 people.

Since the generals deposed Aung San Suu Kyi's administration in February, charging it of fraud during the 2020 elections, Myanmar has been in disarray and its economy has been paralyzed.

Fighting has erupted in various localities, particularly in townships where police have been responsible for a large number of deaths, and some residents have organized "defense teams."

According to the UN's Myanmar office, recent confrontations and "indiscriminate strikes by security forces against civilian areas" have forced an estimated 100,000 people to flee their homes in eastern Kayah state near the Thai border.

Food, water, housing, and health care were in "acute need" in areas impacted by conflict, it said, adding that security forces' travel restrictions were delaying the delivery of much-needed relief.

Locals in Kayah state have accused the military of shelling villages with artillery munitions.

As local defense organizations face up against Myanmar's battle-hardened military, AFP photographs from the region show locals making weaponry in improvised factories.

According to a local monitoring group, more than 800 people have been slain across the country in a savage military assault on the opposition since February.

Since the army seized power, Myanmar's economy and banking system have been paralyzed.

Strikes and industrial closures have resulted in the loss of livelihoods; fuel prices have risen, and those fortunate enough to have bank savings confront day-long lines to access their funds.

The Red Cross announced on Tuesday that it was stepping up efforts to fulfill the humanitarian needs of 236,000 individuals in Myanmar, who were already suffering from the Covid-19 pandemic before the coup.

Last week, the charity's head, Peter Maurer, was allowed a rare meeting with junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, during which he urged for more humanitarian access to Myanmar.

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