Myanmar army air strikes displace hundreds on border with Thailand

A rebel group said on Friday that the Myanmar army carried out more air strikes on an area near the border with Thailand under rebel control, in the latest escalation of violence, causing hundreds of people to flee into Thailand.

The Karen National Union said the army launched at least two air strikes and fired some artillery shells into an area it controls near the Myanmar-Thailand border late on Thursday, without giving any casualties.

Several explosions were heard around 11 pm Thursday local time in Mae Sot, a Thai border town about 15 km from where it is believed to have been bombed.

A spokesman for Myanmar’s ruling military council did not respond to calls seeking comment.

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the army – on the first of last February – ousted a civilian government led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, which led to protests and intermittent clashes in rural areas between the army and anti-military militia.

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