Shelling and Air Strikes on Karen Villages

March 27-ongoing
Possible Violations:
  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Violation of Human Rights

KNU (Karen National Union)

Karen National Union is a political organization that represents that Karen ethnic minorities with an armed wing called the KNLA (But KNU and KNLA are used interchangeably). Due to the Tatmadaw's attack on unarmed protestors, the KNU have launched serveral successful offensives against military outposts.

Military's Response

The Tatmadaw decided the approriate way to deal with this is to launch airstrikes at not only KNU's brigade 5's base but also civilian villages. Thousands of villagers have already been displaced the past week, many fleeing to the Thai-Burma borders. CNA reported on the story of a boy who was sitting in his father's lap when the airstrike killed his father, but he survived.

Direct Report from Free Burma Rangers

Burma Army airstrikes killed three villagers and wounded eight more in a bombing attack on Day Pu No area of Papun District, in northern Karen State, Burma, just seven miles from the border with Thailand.

Local residents reported that a Burma Army aircraft circled the area in the afternoon of 27 March. Later in the evening, between 8:20pm and 8:30pm, Burma Army aircraft returned to the area and dropped four bombs, causing casualties in Day Pu No village area of the Yunzalin River valley. Aircraft returned again between 0100 and 0200, and again dropped multiple bombs.

So far, there are three people dead and eight wounded, and more than 2000 people in the area have fled their home and are hiding in the jungle.


Aftermath of an airstrike

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