April 12, 2023, Comment off

More than 100 civilians killed In 2 days of airstrikes by the military junta

On April 11, 2023, more than 150 civilians gathered for the opening of a local administrative office in Pazingyi village, Kantbalu township, Sagaing Division. Just before the ceremony began, at around 7:45 in the morning, the Myanmar military raided the area using a jet fighter and helicopters, bombing and shooting at them. According to a resident, the jet fighters bombed the area while children were being served breakfast before going to school that day.

Following the attack, only around 40 survivors were found, while at least 100 people were confirmed dead, including more than 20 children, several pregnant women, and around 20 members of the local public defense forces. The bodies were collected by individuals involved in the cleanup.

At around 1:00 p.m, while picking up the bodies of those who died due to the shooting, the Military Junta attacked again with 2 MI-35 attack helicopters, killing 3 more civilians who were rescuing the injured.

After the morning air attack, a military helicopter fired machine guns for about 20 minutes in Pazingyi village, according to a villager. Additionally, villagers reported that the Military Junta launched another attack at around 1:00 p.m. and again at approximately 5:00 p.m. on the same day.

Similarly, on April 10, in Falam Township, Chin State, the military dropped 14 bombs, killing 11 innocent civilians in three different locations.

Furthermore, more than 1.9 million refugees have fled the country due to the continued fighting across Myanmar, according to ISP Myanmar. Between February 2021 and April 11, 2023, the Military Junta carried out at least 650 airstrikes, according to sources.

The mass bombings and killings of innocent civilians by the Military Junta violate the prohibitions of the Customary Law of International Humanitarian Law. Therefore, the international community, ASEAN, and the United Nations should not turn a blind eye but take action to save the people of Myanmar.

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