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Myanmar - November 2023

Fighting worsens as military junta loses ground

The president of Myanmar’s military junta Myint Swe said the country was at risk of breaking up as the military government struggled against a major offensive from various armed ethnic insurgent groups and pro-democracy forces. Over 500,000 people were displaced as of 5 December from the fighting that began in late October, and at least several hundred civilians have been killed. The junta had reportedly lost control of several towns along the Chinese border, and the International Crisis Group reported the military junta was at risk of being overextended and could “double down on brutal efforts” such as scorched-earth tactics and indiscriminate bombing campaigns.

Sources: Reuters, Nikkei Asia, International Crisis Group

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