AI says the military attack on the Kachin refugee camp is a war crime.
On October 13, Amnesty International (AI) stated that at least 28 people were killed in an attack by the Myanmar army on the Maung Lai Hkyet refugee camp near Laiza, Kachin State and that the attack may amount to a war crime. It’s said that according to eyewitnesses, on the night of October 9, in the attack on the Maung Lai Hkyet refugee camp, a large bomb exploded near the camp, and it fired heavy weapons from where the Myanmar army was.
During the burying of the bodies of those killed by the military council attack on the Maung Lai Hkyet war refugee camp in Laiza, Kachin State on October 10, 2023. (Photo: AFP)
According to the statement, according to the expert examination of the photos and videos that emerged after the attack by the AI team, the explosion of the weapon used in this attack caused the nearby church, many schools, and houses to collapse. Additionally, to being engulfed in flames, the explosion also resulted in the death of those on the ground with dismembered organs.
AI director Matthew Wells said that the actions of the Myanmar army, which committed such deadly attacks, prove that they have no regard for human life, and the attack on the Maung Lai Hkyet refugee camp was just one of many excessive force attacks by the Myanmar military council against civilians since the military coup. Additionally, AI urged the UN Security Council to block the sale of weapons, including jet fuel, to the Myanmar military as the military has been repeatedly firing on civilians throughout the country. AI said the Maung Lai Hkyet refugee camp, where about 150 families of war refugees are sheltering, is only three miles away from Laiza, where the headquarters of the Kachin Liberation Organization KIA/KIO, which has been fighting with the Myanmar army for years, is located.
Although the military council denied that this attack was not their handiwork, international domestic and foreign organizations, including the United States, condemned the action as an attack by the military council.