Thousands flee Myanmar rebel clashes

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YANGON: More than 3,000 people have fled their homes in northern Myanmar following clashes between two ethnic rebel groups, the United Nations said Tuesday, raising fears the government’s fragile peace efforts could be fracturing. Heavy fighting in the northern state of Shan broke out last week between the Restoration Council for Shan State (RCSS) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). It is a rare instance of the country’s ethnic armed groups turning on each other and comes during a complicated transition from an army-backed government to Aung San Suu Kyi’s pro-democracy party. “We are receiving reports that more than 3,000 people have been displaced in the past week,” said Mark Cutts, country head of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

AFP

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