Clashes between military and fighters in Myanmar have killed at least 19 people, another 20 were injured.It is reported by the Chronicle.info with reference to UKRINFORM.
The conflict, including in the northern-most state of Kachin, has escalated over the past month as the worldwide focus remains on the Rohingya crisis in the west of the country.
The violence was between the military and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army, or TNLA, one of several insurgent groups fighting for more autonomy in the north.
"We feel sorry for civilian deaths". "It is just a destructive terrorist attack".
He said the attack was in retaliation for recent attacks on TNLA outposts and for a military offensive against its ally - the Kachin Independence Army - in Kachin state, which occupies the southern tip of the Himalayas. "We are sorry. But it's hard to say how they were killed during the fighting", said the TNLAA spokesman.
A further 20 civilians were wounded, a spokesman said.
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More than 100,000 displaced people now reside in camps in Kachin and Shan states since a ceasefire between the KIA the military broke down in 2011, according to the latest United Nations statistics. In the past few months, clashes between rebels and the military in Myanmar's northeastern region have intensified, resulting in thousands of displaced in neighbouring Kachin state.
The country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, made ending Myanmar's multiple civil wars a priority when her National League for Democracy won landslide elections in 2015, ending five decades of military rule.
China on Sunday condemned fighting in Myanmar between Myanmar government troops and ethnic militants near the Chinese border, which had caused people to flee into Chinese territory.
Suu Kyi managed to bring two ethnic groups into a ceasefire accord in February, adding to eight others who had inked the deal before she took office.
The security police fought back against insurgents in cooperation with Paysay People's Militia Group and Myoma People's Militia Group.
"She ignored the ethnic issue".