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Save the Children says staff went missing after the Myanmar massacre

Pictures of the aftermath of the Christmas Eve massacre in eastern Mo So village fueled anger at the troops that came to power in February.

According to witnesses and other reports, Myanmar troops rounded up villagers, some believed to be women and children, deadly shooting more than 30 people and setting fire to their bodies. (AP)

Two members of the international humanitarian group Save the Children went missing after witnesses and other reports reported that Myanmar’s government forces rounded up the villagers.

Photos of the aftermath of the Christmas Eve massacre in eastern Mo So village, just outside the Hpruso township in Kayah State, where refugees were evacuated from military attacks, spread to domestic social media and came to power in February. It fueled anger at the army that held it. ..

The account could not be confirmed individually. The photo shows more than 30 burnt corpses in three burnout cars.

Villagers who said he went to the scene told the Associated Press that the victims fled the battle between the armed resistance group and Myanmar troops near Koi Ngan village, right next to MoSo, on Friday. He said they were killed after being arrested by the army while they were heading to a refugee camp in the western part of the town.

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According to witnesses and other reports, Myanmar government forces rounded up villagers, some believed to be women and children, shot dead more than 30 people and set fire to their bodies.

According to witnesses and other reports, Myanmar government forces rounded up villagers, some believed to be women and children, shot dead more than 30 people and set fire to their bodies. (AP)

Save the Children said two staff members who had returned home for vacation after conducting humanitarian activities in a nearby community were “involved in the incident and remain missing.” ..

“We have confirmed that their private cars have been attacked and burned out,” the group added in a statement. “The army reportedly kicked people out of the car, arrested some, killed others, and burned their bodies.”

The government has not commented on this claim, but on Saturday, members of the Karenni National Progressive Party, known as the Karenni National Progressive Party, said on Friday that members of the national guerrilla army opposed the army, the state-run Myanmar Alin daily newspaper reported. After driving a “suspicious” vehicle and refusing to stop, he attacked security forces.

Newspaper reports include new members who will participate in training to fight the army, and seven vehicles they were driving in were destroyed in a fire. It gave no further details about the killing.

Witnesses who spoke to AP said the bodies were unrecognizablely burned and children’s and women’s clothing were found along with medicines and food.

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Witnesses said, “The body was tied up with a rope before it caught fire,” on condition of anonymity for fear of his own safety.

He hadn’t seen the moment they were killed, but said he believed that some of them were MoSo villagers who were allegedly arrested by the army on Friday. He denied that the captives were members of a locally organized militia group.

Myanmar’s independent media reported on Friday that 10 Mo So villagers, including children, were arrested by the army and four members of a local paramilitary border guard who went to negotiations for liberation were detained and put into the army. He reported that he was shot in the head.

Witnesses said the villagers and a group of rebel militias left the body as troops arrived near Mo So while the body was preparing for cremation. There was still fierce fighting near the village.

“This is a vicious crime and the worst of Christmas. We strongly condemn the slaughter as a crime against humanity,” said Banyan Khun Aung, director of the Karenni Human Rights Group.

Earlier this month, government troops were also accused of rounding up villagers, some believed to be children, tied them up and slaughtered them. Opposition leader Dr. Sasa said he used only one name, but that civilians were burned at the stake.

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A video of the aftermath of the assault on December 7 (apparently retaliation for an attack on a military convoy) shows 11 burnt bodies lying in a circle in what appears to be the remains of a hut. I did.

Meanwhile, combat resumed on Saturday in an adjacent state on the Thai border. Thousands of people fled there in search of shelter. Local officials said Myanmar’s troops had unleashed airstrikes and heavy artillery in the small Karen guerrilla-controlled town of Reikeikau since Friday.

Military action has led several Western governments, including the US Embassy, ​​to issue joint statements condemning “serious human rights abuses committed by military governments across the country.”

“We urge the regime to immediately stop indiscriminate attacks in Kayin State and across the country and ensure the safety of all civilians in accordance with international law,” the joint statement said.

Source: AP

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