Myanmar ethnic rebel and armed group, Karen National Union (KNU), decried the use of force by the country’s military. This happened as a result of the recent airstrikes that have displaced armed militias and over 12,000 civilians.
The attacks reportedly occurred in the city of Yangon. The KNU termed it the use of excessive force, criticizing the deployment of the military wing on them.
According to the state report, the armed rebels allegedly ambushed a military base in the eastern state of Kayin. Consequently, no fewer than 10 army officials died in the process. Also, a good number of others sustained various degrees of injuries. However, the junta retaliated with airstrikes.
Reports said the operations of the rebels are similar to Al-Shabab and Boko Haram attacks in East and West Africa, respectively. This is because cases of governmental base attacks have been rampant throughout the decade.
Military Junta Facing imminent opposition
Further, the Myanmar military, which identified itself as Junta, has faced imminent opposition, majorly from Karen ethnic militia. Its attempt to fix the security organ was tested when the military junta ousted Aung San Suu from the hot leadership seat two months ago.
Nevertheless, the rebels came out strongly on Saturday and engaged in non-stop bombing and related airstrikes. This started on March 27, lasting for three days. The attack resulted in the deaths of many, including children.
However, the rebels are blamed for the crisis, which led to the displacement of many people, including children. According to reports, these people had passed through pains as a result of the injuries they sustained.
According to the junta spokesman, Zaw Min Tun, the military was only targeting KNU’s 15th Brigade. This brigade has reportedly brought more harm to the country. It had caused the killing of officers and seizure of military base, leading to a humanitarian crisis.
Also, Zaw Min hailed the move which made them sign a nationwide agreement. This, he believed, shall put an end to conflicts which has breached peace in the country.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military seized power on February 1. This has triggered a massive uprising across the country with protesters demanding the restoration of the democratic government.