Southeast Asian atrocities in Myanmar are not decreasing: according to reports, bodies of more than 30 people have been found. The military government only confirmed casualties in the fighting.
The remains of about 30 people have been found in burned vehicles in eastern Myanmar, according to a report by rebels and an NGO. On Saturday, photos were distributed to online services that are said to show two trucks and a car with bodies.
A rebel officer and an NGO accused the army of killing people. The aid organization “Save the Children” reported two of its employees missing after the incident.
A representative of the rebel group fighting against the ruling military junta People’s Defense Force (PDF) said their fighters had found the vehicles in the municipality of Hpruso in the eastern state of Kaya. It contained 27 bodies, he told AFP news agency.
Another witness said that “27 skulls” had been discovered, “but there were other bodies in the truck that were so burnt we could not count them”. According to the Myanmar Witness Observatory, “35 people, including children and women, were burned and killed by the military on December 24.”
Aid organization employee missing
NGO Save the Children announced that two of its employees are missing. “We have confirmed that your personal vehicle was attacked and set on fire,” the organization said. Both aides were on their way back from a humanitarian mission in the area. According to their own statements, the NGO suspended its work in several areas.
Jaw Min Tun, a Junta spokesman, said clashes broke out in Hapruso on Friday when soldiers tried to stop seven “suspicious” cars. Several people were killed, the spokesman said without giving details.
After a brief phase of democratization in Myanmar, the military returned to power in a coup in February. Since then, there have been protests across the country, in which more than 1,300 people have been killed and more than ten thousand have been arrested. More than 20 rebel groups are fighting the army in the country.
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