Rebel group says more than 12,000 displaced by Myanmar junta air strikes

New Civilian Government Formed in Myanmar to Counter Military Regime

Information flow in the country has also been throttled, with the junta cutting WiFi services, mobile data and imposing a nightly internet blackout.

Reuters reported Thursday that official orders to halt wireless broadband services did not provide any explanation.

The government has shut down all but a handful of fully military-controlled media outlets.

The state broadcaster MRTV announced the warrants for the 18 with screenshots and links to their Facebook profiles. That includes preventing non-friends from enlarging, sharing or downloading full-size profile and cover photos and seeing any posts on a person's timeline.

Quy 's detailed that, during Wednesday's UNSC meeting, members of the group also "reiterated their call on the military to exercise utmost restraint" and emphasized "the need to fully respect human rights and to pursue dialogue and reconciliation in accordance with the will and interests of the people of Myanmar."

Late on Thursday, protesters spread a call for a "flower strike" at bus stops where demonstrators killed by security forces had departed on their last journeys.

Noh Ji-young, a spokesperson for Shinhan Bank, said the woman was shot in the head while commuting home from work in a company auto on Wednesday and was pronounced dead on Friday. South Korea's Foreign Ministry didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

German company Giesecke+Devrient, which supplies raw materials to Myanmar's central bank for the production of banknotes, announced yesterday it was suspending deliveries.

"This is a reaction to the ongoing violent clashes between the military and the civilian population", the company said in a statement.

Western countries have condemned the bloodshed and Australia has suspended military co-operation with Myanmar and redirected aid to non-government organisations in response.

In another escalation, since Saturday the military has launched regular air strikes targeting the KNU in eastern Karen state.

A local human rights group says 550 people have been killed in the crackdown since the February 1 coup.

"We call on the military regime to allow Professor Turnell to return to his family in Australia".

Meanwhile, the Karen National Union representing the ethnic minority rebel group that has been fighting the government for decades condemned non-stop bombings and airstrikes, against villages and "unarmed civilians" in their homeland along the border with Thailand.

About 3,000 Karen villagers have fled to neighboring Thailand in recent days, but many have returned under unclear circumstances. Last week, United Nations secretary general Antonio Guterres condemned in the "strongest terms" the killing of dozens of civilians, including kids and young people, by security forces in Myanmar.

In earlier versions of the text, obtained by AFP, Western nations wanted to include a "readiness to consider further steps" - a reference to the possibility of global sanctions. The remarks were direct and marked a change from the diplomatic tightrope India has walked as it tried to maintain ties with the Myanmar military, which had helped act against anti-India insurgents.

The 2008 Constitution gives the military an effective veto over constitutional amendments.

The UN special envoy on Myanmar, Christine Schraner Burgene, told the 15-member UN Security Council that the military was not capable of managing the country, and warned the situation on the ground would worsen. Even in times of peace, relations have been strained and cease-fires fragile.

The coup reversed years of slow progress toward democracy in Myanmar, which for five decades languished under strict military rule that led to worldwide isolation and sanctions.

Several of the major groups - including the Kachin, the Karen and the Rakhine Arakan Army - have denounced the coup and said they will defend protesters in their territories. As the generals loosened their grip, culminating in Aung San Suu Kyi's rise to leadership in 2015 elections, the global community responded by lifting most sanctions and pouring investment into the country.



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