Myanmese troops, Karen rebels fighting at Thai border eases

17:58, November 10, 2010      

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Clashes between Myanmese troops and ethnic Karen rebels near Thailand-Myanmar border have started to ease, acting government spokesman said Wednesday.

According to acting government spokesperson Panitan Wattanayakorn, the current situation in Mae Sod district in northern Tak province and Jaydee Sam Ong in central Kanchanaburi province has improved already.

"The border situation started to ease out as Myanmese military has been able to retake Myawaddy and forces of the ethnic group are starting to retreat," Panitan said.

However, random confrontations were still taking place in some areas, including those opposite from Jay Dee Sam Ong in Kanchanaburi province.

He said some thousand Myanmar citizens who flocked to Thailand earlier were still in the Kingdom while most had returned home.

"A few thousand Burmese refugees remain but many of them have started to return home"

Thailand is ready to provide humanitarian aid and help them return home when the situation improves, he added.

Source: Xinhua


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