Thais deny army forcing back Myanmar refugees fleeing air strikes

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About 2,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar to Thailand had been pushed back regardless of ongoing aerial bombardment, two activist teams stated on Monday, however Thai authorities stated the army was caring for them on the border.

Video confirmed villagers carrying their belongings boarding boats underneath the watch of Thai officers. Authorities blocked Reuters reporters from accessing the world.

Thousands fled Myanmar over the weekend after fighter jets attacked villages close to the border held by an ethnic armed group that had attacked a army publish within the wake of a Feb.

1 coup by Myanmar’s army.”There’s nonetheless fighter jets over the world,” Mark Farmaner, head of Burma Campaign UK, informed Reuters. “Thailand’s heartless and illegal act must stop now,” Sunai Phasuk, senior researcher on Thailand for Human Rights Watch, wrote on Twitter.

Thichai Jindaluang, governor of Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province, informed reporters the refugees weren’t being pushed back.

They have been in a protected place on the fringes of the border in Mae Sariang and Sop Moei districts, state media reported.

A Thai provincial official from Mae Hong Son who declined to be named stated the group was “in Thai territory by the Salween River but they haven’t come further. It’s under army management.”

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha stated earlier on Monday the federal government was ready to simply accept refugees and rebuffed claims Thailand was supporting the Myanmar junta, telling reporters “there is probably no one to support the use of violence against the people.”

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Myanmar safety forces have killed no less than 459 individuals because the coup because it seeks to crush mass protests, in keeping with the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners.

Hundreds of individuals together with politicians from the previous civilian authorities have fled central areas and brought shelter in territory held by ethnic armed teams.

Myanmar’s army has for many years justified its grip on energy by saying it’s the solely establishment able to preserving nationwide unity.

It seized energy on Feb. 1 saying that November elections received by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s occasion have been fraudulent, an assertion dismissed by the election fee.

(Reporting by Panarat Thepgumpanat and Poppy McPherson; Additional reporting by Panu Wongcha-um. Editing by Alex Richardson and Nick Macfie)

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