KARENNI STATE – The junta air and artillery strikes in Demoso Township on February 5 killed five civilians including four children and injured at least 19 including two school teachers, announced the Karenni State Interim Executive Committee (IEC).
On February 5 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:20 a.m., the terrorist junta council bombed the schools at Dawsiei and Loinanhpa Villages ten times while the junta bases in Loikaw and Demoso Townships fired six rounds of heavy artillery at the same time.
Due to the atrocious attacks of the junta terrorists, four secondary school students around 13 years old who were peacefully studying at the school in Dawsiei Village were killed on the spot and at least 14 children including a child in nursery school were injured.
Similarly at the school in Loinanhpa Village, two school teachers and five resident villagers were injured and an elderly man was killed while six school buildings, one church, five civilian houses and a car were damaged.
The Karenni State IEC expressed their condolences to the bereaved family of the children and civilians killed and injured in such heartless attacks and stated that the terrorist junta council’s intentional attacks targeting the civilians and innocent children are unacceptable and seriously condemned such attacks.
The IEC pointed out that the junta council’s terrorist attacks are in terrible violation of the international human rights law and regulations and are horrible war crimes according to the Rome Statute and that it is evident that the junta council has no regards for and blatantly violated the Geneva conventions and a core principle of the Convention on the rights of the Child – CRC that states all child has the “right to life survival and development”.
Therefore, the Karenni State IEC urged the National Unity Government and the international community including the United Nations to take swift and effective actions on the responsible persons from the terrorist junta council for genocide of minorities, crimes against humanity and horrible violations of international humanitarian laws by bringing them to court and ending their immunity to justice and punishment.