Kachin, Myanmar: Dozens killed by navy airstrikes throughout celebration occasion


Dozens of individuals have been killed in navy airstrikes that hit a celebratory occasion in Myanmar’s mountainous Kachin state on Sunday, in accordance with native information retailers and worldwide organizations.

Victims had been attending an occasion, together with a live performance, held by the Kachin Independence Military (KIA) to mark the 62nd anniversary of the group’s political wing, the Kachin Independence Group, in accordance with Reuters, citing KIA spokesperson Naw Bu.

Reuters and native information outlet The Irrawaddy reported at the least 50 folks have been killed.

CNN can not independently confirm the variety of reported deaths and has reached out to the navy for remark.

Kachin Alliance, a Kachin neighborhood group based mostly in Washington, DC, stated Kachin artists, native elders, and KIO leaders have been amongst these killed.

“In the aftermath of the massacre, families were scrambling to obtain news about their loved ones due to a prolonged internet blackout in Hpakant,” the assertion stated. “We are also concerned to learn the report of blocking of medical access to victims of massacre.”

Myanmar has been wracked by battle for the reason that navy junta seized energy in a coup final February. Rights teams and observers say since then, freedoms and rights within the nation have deteriorated; state executions have returned and the variety of documented violent assaults by the military on faculties has surged.

Quite a few armed insurgent teams have emerged, whereas tens of millions of others proceed resisting the junta’s rule by means of strikes, boycotts and different types of civil disobedience.

The assault on Sunday drew worldwide condemnation, with the United Nations saying it was involved over studies of greater than 100 civilians impacted.

“While the UN continues to verify the details of this attack, we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those who were killed or injured. The UN calls for those injured to be availed urgent medical treatment, as needed,” it stated in a press release on Monday.

It added that the navy’s “excessive and disproportionate” use of pressure towards unarmed civilians was “unacceptable,” and referred to as on these accountable to be held to account.

The ambassadors of Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, the UK and the USA additionally issued a joint assertion condemning the strike on Monday.

“This attack underscores the military regime’s responsibility for crisis and instability in Myanmar and the region and its disregard for its obligation to protect civilians and respect the principles and rules of international humanitarian law,” the joint assertion learn.

Non-profit group Amnesty Worldwide stated in a press release the navy’s actions – together with executing pro-democracy activists, jailing journalists and concentrating on civilians – have been allowed to proceed “in the face of an ineffective international response.”

“As officials and leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) prepare to host high-level meetings in the coming weeks, this attack highlights the need to overhaul the approach to the crisis in Myanmar,” the assertion stated, urging ASEAN leaders to take motion after they meet for his or her annual summit in November.