Fighting has flared in recent days between Myanmar junta forces and rebels opposed to their rule, officials and locals said Tuesday, with reports that large numbers of civilians have fled the violence.
Myanmar has been in turmoil since Aung San Suu Kyi‘s civilian government was toppled in an army coup almost two years ago.
Long-established ethnic rebel groups, as well as dozens of “People’s Defence Forces” (PDF), have emerged in opposition and clash frequently with the military.
The last few days have seen intense clashes in southeast Karen state, around Kyonedoe, and the border town of Payathonzu.
“There were drone attacks by local PDFs at a military command near Kyonedoe town a few days ago,” a military source told AFP.