Thousands flee to Thailand from fighting in Myanmar

Several thousand refugees have fled to Thailand from Myanmar this past weekend following clashes between security forces and ethnic armies, local media reported on Sunday.

Clashes between several ethnic armies and the Myanmar military have become more commonplace after the Myanmar Army took power in a February 1 coup.

Widespread protests have erupted throughout the country including in ethnic ares with several of the ethnic armies promising to protect pro-democracy demonstrations.

According to local broadcaster Thai PBS and MCOT World, at least 3,000 refugees fled to the Thai border after air attacks by the Myanmar government on ethnic Karen militias in the border areas.

It is, according to Reuters, the most significant attack by the Myanmar government in the region “for years.”

Among the concerns for Thai authorities in charge of the refugee camps and border crossing will be the containment of Covid-19. A second wave of the virus began in-part due to unchecked illegal crossings by Myanmar migrant workers coming into Thailand with the help of human traffickers.

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