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Fighting intensifies in Myanmar's urban areas as civilians seek refuge.
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Fighting intensifies in Myanmar’s urban areas as civilians seek refuge.

According to the United Nations human rights office (OHCHR), approximately 70 civilians and combatants who are no longer able to fight have been reported killed, with over 90 injured in the current conflict.

The conflict has also caused a new surge of displacement, resulting in more than 200,000 individuals being forced from their residences since October 27th.

In total, more than two million individuals have been forced to leave their homes in Myanmar.

Transport, communication disrupted

The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that important transportation routes in conflict zones have been obstructed by both the military and ethnic armed groups.

Additionally, there have been reports of a crucial bridge being demolished and an airport shutting down, limiting individuals’ ability to relocate to safer areas and preventing humanitarian aid from reaching the affected area.

Communication networks are experiencing more frequent disruptions.

Reprisals forbidden

Jeremy Laurence, the spokesperson, stated that the OHCHR is carefully observing the situation in Myanmar following reports of hundreds of soldiers surrendering their weapons.

On Friday, he emphasized the utmost importance of treating all detainees with humanity and strictly prohibited any form of retaliation, as dictated by international law.

He stated that individual soldiers cannot be held accountable for the military’s wrongdoing and violation of human rights.

According to the OHCHR spokesperson, previous actions have shown that the military junta’s forces respond to setbacks on the battlefield with increased force, including using indiscriminate and disproportionate air strikes and artillery barrages.

He stated that in the last two years, we have recorded the significant consequences of using these strategies on the non-military population.

by the ongoing violence in Syria

The Secretary-General of the United Nations is greatly troubled by the continuing acts of aggression in Syria.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, expressed serious worry about the deteriorating conditions in Myanmar.

Earlier this week, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric stated that he urges all parties to follow international humanitarian law and make every effort to safeguard civilians.

According to Mr. Dujarric, it is important to safeguard civilians based on international laws of war and those who break these laws must face consequences.

The Secretary-General urges for unimpeded entry to provide urgent humanitarian aid and necessary services through all means. He also emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety and security of UN agencies and their collaborators.


On Friday morning at around 8 AM local time, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit Myanmar’s Shan state, which has been impacted by ongoing conflict.

Media sources report that there were no fatalities or significant destruction. Modeling of the earthquake indicates that approximately 20,000 individuals experienced significant shaking during the event.