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13 dead, including 7 children, in airstrikes in Myanmar: eyewitnesses

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Bangkok. In Myanmar, government helicopters attacked a school and a village, killing 13 people, including seven children. The school administrator and a support worker provided the information on Monday. The attack took place on Friday in the village of Let Yacht Kon in Tabayin, about 110 km from Mandalay, the country’s second largest city. A school administrator said two of the four Mi-35 helicopters hovering north of the village began attacking the school with machine guns and heavy weapons, trying to move the students to safer places in the villages. classrooms on the ground floor. He said six students died at the school and a 13-year-old boy was also shot dead in a nearby village.

Military government attacks on pro-democracy rebels and their allies often result in civilian casualties. However, the number of children killed in an airstrike last Friday in Tabayin township in Sagaing region appears to be the highest since the army seized power in February last year. The military takeover sparked massive non-violent protests across the country. The military and police responded with deadly force. According to a report published by UNICEF this month, the fighting was particularly fierce in Sagaing, where the army launched several offensive operations. Villages have been burned in some cases, displacing over half a million people.

Friday’s attack took place in the Let Yacht Con village of Tabayin, also known as Depayin, about 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Mandalay, the country’s second-largest city. School administrator Mar Mar said she was trying to move students to safer locations in ground floor classrooms when two of the four hovering Mi-35 helicopters north from the village attacked the school with machine guns and heavy weapons. He said he didn’t expect any attack. Because the plane had flown over the village without incident.

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