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Thais deny army forcing back Myanmar refugees fleeing air strikes

About 2,000 refugees fleeing Myanmar to Thailand had been pushed again regardless of ongoing aerial bombardment, two activist teams mentioned on Monday, however Thai authorities mentioned the military 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.

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

1 coup by Myanmar’s military.”There’s nonetheless fighter jets over the world,” Mark Farmaner, head of Burma Marketing campaign UK, advised Reuters. “Thailand’s heartless and unlawful act should cease now,” Sunai Phasuk, senior researcher on Thailand for Human Rights Watch, wrote on Twitter.

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

They had been in a secure 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 mentioned the group was “in Thai territory by the Salween River however they haven’t come additional. It’s underneath military administration.”

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha mentioned earlier on Monday the federal government was ready to simply accept refugees and rebuffed claims Thailand was supporting the Myanmar junta, telling reporters “there may be in all probability nobody to help the usage of violence towards the folks.”

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Myanmar safety forces have killed not less than 459 folks because the coup because it seeks to crush mass protests, in response to the Help Affiliation for Political Prisoners.

A whole bunch 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 navy 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 gained by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi’s occasion had been fraudulent, an assertion dismissed by the election fee.

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

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