• Thousands In Myanmar Flee To Thailand Amid Coup
Karen troops approach a Myanmar army outpost near the Thai border on April 28, 2021. (Photo: Reuters-Yonhap News)


[Anchor]

Thailand says more than 2,000 refugees have crossed the border from Myanmar to escape escalating violence between the Burmese army and Karen rebels.

The Burmese military seized power in February.

The BBC's Laura Bicker reports from the Thai-Myanmar border.

[Reporter]

Karen villagers in the mountains of western Myanmar have endured decades of civil war.

But clashes between the rebels and the military have intensified since the coup.

Earlier this week, Karen insurgents carried out a predawn raid on an isolated military post just across the river from the Thai border, killing dozens of soldiers.

The military retaliated with several airstrikes, forcing thousands of villagers to flee their homes to safety.

The Thai authorities have been criticized in the past for turning away refugees.

But a spokesman for the foreign ministry said that those who need assistance will not find Thailand wonting.




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