12 Apr 2023

Myanmar: Children, Women Among Over 100 Killed In Army's Airstrike On Village, UN Condemns Attack

Naypyidaw (Myanmar): Myanmar's army on Tuesday bombed from jets and fired from airplanes continuously for 20 minutes. More than 100 people died in the attack. Dozens of women and children were among those dead. 

Pazigyi village is in Sagaing region. The area is about 110 kilometers north of Mandalay, the country's second largest city and 260 km from the capital Naypyidaw. The army carried out the air strike when People's Defense Forces (PDF) was opening their office in Pazigyi.

Actually, PDF is running a campaign against the military in the country. About 300 people had assembled for the opening ceremony, and women and 20-30 children were among the dead, according to an eyewitness. Those killed also included leaders of locally formed anti-government armed groups and other opposition organizations.

The military is increasingly using airstrikes to counter a widespread armed struggle against its rule, which began in February 2021 when it seized power from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. More than 3,000 civilians are estimated to have been killed since then by security forces.

UN strongly condemned attack

The UN has condemned the attack by the army. UN Human Rights High Commissioner Volker Turk said the reports of the airstrikes were disturbing. He said it appeared that several school children were dancing in a hall when the bombs were dropped from the helicopters.


The United Nations said those responsible must be brought to justice, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, stressing that the injured must receive medical treatment, which is often a challenge in these circumstances.


The military government's spokesperson, Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun, acknowledged that the ceremony had been attacked, but accused anti-government forces in the area of carrying out a violent campaign of terror.

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