“We are deeply concerned by the news today that at least 50 people were killed and at least 30 people were injured, including children, as a result of an airstrike by the Burmese (Myanmar) army in the Sagaing region,” the ministry said in a written statement. statements were included.
In the statement, which noted that this attack took place after the airstrike in Chin State on April 10 that killed at least 9 people, the statement said, “These violent attacks demonstrate the regime’s disrespect and responsibility for human life, despite the serious political and humanitarian crisis in Myanmar after the February 2021 coup d’état. It shows once again.” it was said.
In the statement, it was stated that the United States called on the coup regime to stop the violence and respect the inclusive democratic aspirations of the people.
In the town of Pa Zi Gyi in Myanmar’s Sagaing region, an airstrike was carried out on a ceremony attended by approximately 150 people, including dissidents.
An eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said that the attack started at around 07:00 with warplanes and then the area was under fire with helicopters.
The eyewitness, who noted that the attack lasted about 20 minutes, added that they did not know the exact number of dead due to the lack of body integrity and that the number could be much higher.
It was claimed that at least 80 people were killed in an airstrike carried out by the Myanmar army during the anniversary celebrations of the Kachin ethnic minority, one of the armed groups, in October 2022.
The Myanmar army seized power on February 1, 2021, after allegations of fraud were made in the 2020 general elections and there was political tension in the country. The army had detained many officials and ruling party leaders, especially the country’s former de facto leader and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi, and declared a state of emergency for a year.
More than 1800 people have lost their lives as a result of the armed intervention of the Myanmar army against the anti-coup protesters and rebel groups. Since the coup, approximately 13 thousand people have been detained, over 10 thousand people are still detained.
According to the Political Prisoners Charity, more than 1,900 people have died in the country since the coup and more than 10 thousand people have been detained. Myanmar military courts have given death sentences for 114 political prisoners, including 2 children.