50,000 people flee their homes as military junta, rebel groups clash anew

50,000 people flee their homes as military junta, rebel groups clash anew

RENEWED clashes between Myanmar’s military junta and ethnic rebel groups forced thousands of people to flee from their homes.

Violence rocked several towns anew in Myanmar as the civil war in the embattled Southeast Asian nation has exceeded three years.

An estimated 50,000 people were forced to flee their homes in the past five days.

Several armed resistance groups joined forces in launching an offensive in the township around Lashio, which is home to the military junta’s northeastern command.

Heavy fighting has erupted in several villages since last week, forcing thousands of civilians to flee their homes.

Meanwhile, the military junta’s second-in-command arrived in China for an official visit amid the ongoing clashes in Myanmar.

Clashes between the armed forces and rebel groups have intensified in recent months since a military coup took place in February 2021 which resulted in the ongoing civil war.

People fleeing from their homes have been more frequent as ethnic minority armed groups escalated in launching an offensive since October of last year in an attempt to seize territories controlled by the military junta.

At least 16 civilians died from the latest wave of clashes in Myanmar since the 3rd of July.

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