The United Nations says fighting between Myanmar’s military and opposition has intensified, and urgent action is needed to rescue civilians.
Fighting between the army and anti-government groups has been raging in Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chen states since January last year, killing scores of civilians and leaving thousands homeless.
According to the United Nations, there are more than 10,000 civilians in the northwestern Rakhine state. More than 7.5 million Rohingya Muslims have sought refuge in Bangladesh since the genocide and violence against them in Myanmar.
The United Nations has called on both sides to “take urgent action to protect civilians” and to respect international human rights law, as well as a ceasefire during the Corona epidemic.