Myanmar government helicopters have attacked a school and village in the north-central Southeast Asian country, killing at least 13 people including seven children, a school administrator and aid worker said Monday.
The number of children killed in last Friday’s airstrike in the town of Tabayin in the Sagaing area appears to be the highest since the military seized power in February last year that toppled the elected government of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The military’s takeover of power sparked large, non-violent protests across the country, which the military responded with lethal force.
Fighting has been fierce especially in Sagaing, where the military has launched several offensives. In some cases, the military set fire to villages, displacing more than half a million people, says a report released by UNICEF this month. [uh/ka]