Civilians killed, injured in clashes on Thailand-Myanmar border

Junta airstrikes and gunfire from resistance forces killed at least seven civilians in Myawaddy, Karen State since last week in battles that have captured the world’s attention and could determine control of Myanmar’s land borders

Fighting came to a temporary halt in the border trade hub of Myawaddy, Karen State on Monday after two days of intense clashes between the Myanmar military and a Karen anti-junta armed group that resulted in at least seven civilian deaths. 

The battles in Myawaddy ended with a retreat by the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU), and its allies. 

The fighting began at around 7pm the previous Friday, when junta forces at the truck station at the 2nd Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge came under attack by the KNLA and its allies. 

The bridge, sometimes simply called ‘Border Bridge 2’ by locals, is one of two connecting Myawaddy to the town of Mae Sot in Thailand’s Tak Province on the opposite bank of the Moei (Thaungyin) River. 

The fighting came to a stop Friday night but. . .

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