Saturday, May 4, 2013

Burma-Myanmar: Hundreds of civilians fled during clashes between Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and Karen Border Guard Force (BGF)

Snipers from the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and the KNLA (Karen National Liberation Army) practice together on the firing range

In east Burma’s Karen State, hundreds of civilians have fled from their homes as fighting continues between the rebel Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and a government-backed militia, the Karen Border Guard Force (BGF).

The displaced families have left villages near the town of Myaing Gyi Ngu, a former stronghold base of the DKBA where government troops have reportedly been dispatched to curb tensions between the two rival militias.

Zin Zin, a resident in the nearby town of Shwe Gone, said five military trucks filled with armed Burmese soldiers had gone on Thursday to Myaing Gyi Ngu, about 10 miles away.

Some displaced civilians have taken shelter in a monastery in Shwe Gone, while others are staying with relatives in villages near Myaing Gyi Ngu.

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