Thailand tries to rescue 162 nationals trapped in Myanmar fighting

BANGKOK: Thailand is attempting to carry dwelling 162 of its nationals trapped in Myanmar by a surge in clashes between junta troops and ethnic minority insurgents close to the border with China, officers mentioned.
The hassle to rescue Thais from chaos in neighbouring Myanmar comes after a minimum of 30 Thais, most of them farm employees, had been killed through the Oct. 7 rampage by the Hamas militants in southern Israel.Sixteen Thais had been wounded and 17 are amongst hostages taken by the Palestinian militants.
Heavy combating erupted final week in northern Myanmar’s Shan State the place an alliance of ethnic minority forces battling for self-determination launched a collection of coordinated assaults on junta positions.
Myanmar’s ruling army says it has misplaced management of a number of cities on the border with China, together with Chinshwehaw on the border with China’s Yunnan province.
Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has advised the embassy in Myanmar to work with authorities to get the Thais to security, his workplace mentioned on social media, including that the Thais and different nationals had been “caught” due to the combating.
“Proper now, the embassy is discussing methods to assist all Thais return dwelling shortly,” the workplace mentioned in a late Thursday submit.
Myanmar has been in chaos since a army coup in February 2021 unseated a democratically elected authorities led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.
Newly fashioned pro-democracy rebel teams have in some areas teamed up with ethnic minority guerrillas who’ve been campaigning for many years for larger autonomy.
The newest combating in Shan State has pushed 1000’s of refugees into China, and displaced 1000’s extra internally, Myanmar media shops reported.
A “three brotherhood alliance” of ethnic minority armies in Shan and Rakhine states, mentioned it’s in search of to defend their territory and civilians from assaults by the junta.

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