Clashes in north Burma fuel exodus

World | 12 Jan 2017

Thousands of people fled heavy fighting on Burma's northern border with China overnight, activists said yesterday, as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area.

Clashes between the army and ethnic minority militias in Burma's borderlands have intensified in recent months, undercutting Aung San Suu Kyi's vow to bring peace since her party took power in March. Dozens have been killed and thousands displaced since fighting erupted between Burma's military and the Kachin Independence Army in November.

The unrest threatens fresh peace talks next month between the government, military and ethnic groups.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE



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