11 children were killed in an airstrike on the school

The toll of the air raids was appalling Burma. At least 11 children were killed in an attack that destroyed a school in a village in the country’s north, UNICEF said on Tuesday. to join Local militias in power have accused civilians of using them as human shields.

General Secretary of I am Antonio Guterres has “strongly condemned” the attack, saying “at least 13 people were killed, including 11 children,” according to a statement from his spokesman. “Even in times of armed conflict, schools must be safe places for children to learn,” he added. “Perpetrators of international crimes committed in Burma must be held accountable.”

Bloody oppression

February 1, 2021 ousted the civilian leader after a coup Aung San Suu Kyi, chaos reigns in Burma, where the ruling junta has waged a bloody crackdown on its opponents, killing nearly 2,300 civilians and arresting more than 15,000, according to a local NGO. The Sagaing region in the northwest has seen some of the heaviest clashes. Clashes between the Burmese people who opposed the coup and the army led to the destruction of entire villages.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Tuesday condemned Friday’s airstrikes in the region. “On September 16, at least 11 children died due to airstrikes and indiscriminate firing, including at a school in Debain, Sagaing region,” UNICEF Burma reported. “At least 15 children from the same school have gone missing. UNICEF calls for their immediate and safe release,” the UN agency continued.

Burma’s regime confirmed on Tuesday that it had sent troops by helicopter to the village of Led Et Kone, bringing weapons to the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the so-called People’s Freedom Fighters rebel group, and anti-coup forces to the region.

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Conflicting versions

Several villagers were killed during the operation and the army seized mines and explosives in the village, according to the same source, assuring in a press release that the injured were treated with “appropriate medical care”. Military junta spokesman Zaw Min Tun confirmed on Tuesday that KIA insurgents had taken civilians into a monastery where they opened fire.

On the other hand, a resident of the village contacted by AFP objected to another version: “Soldiers attacked the school. They said they were attacked, they responded, but it’s not true,” he said on condition of anonymity for security reasons. According to this villager, the soldiers took many bodies with them and children. and arrested an unknown number of people, including teachers.

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