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September 2022 - Myanmar Special Weapons News
- Seven civilians killed in 3 shootings in Myanmar's Yangon Radio Free Asia 30 Sep 2022 -- At least seven civilians were killed in three separate shootings involving the military or anti-junta forces in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon on Thursday evening, according to witnesses.
- Passenger plane comes under fire in Myanmar's Kayah State Radio Free Asia 30 Sep 2022 -- A Myanmar National Airlines passenger plane came under gunfire as it was landing at Kayah State's Loikaw Airport on Friday morning. One passenger was hurt in the shooting and his condition is currently unknown according to a man named Thai, a local resident who spoke to RFA.
- Facebook contributed to abuses against Myanmar's Rohingya: Amnesty International Radio Free Asia 29 Sep 2022 -- Facebook owner Meta's use of algorithms to promote user engagement and increase ad revenue contributed to anti-Rohingya sentiment in Myanmar ahead of a brutal military campaign against the ethnic group in 2017, rights group Amnesty International said Thursday.
- Junta troops kill 9 civilians and torch 800 homes in fortnight of raids in Sagaing Radio Free Asia 29 Sep 2022 -- More than 800 houses in 20 villages have been destroyed by junta troops and nine civilians killed over the past two weeks in junta raids on Taze township in Myanmar's Sagaing region according to locals.
- Myanmar: Statement by the Spokesperson on the further sentencing of Aung San Suu Kyi European External Action Service (EEAS) 29 Sep 2022 -- "Today a military court in Myanmar has sentenced detained State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to an additional three years' imprisonment."
- Myanmar Court Sentences Suu Kyi to 3 More Years in Prison VOA 29 Sep 2022 -- A court in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Australian economist Sean Turnell to three years in prison Thursday for violating the country's secrets act, according to people familiar with the proceedings.
- Australian economic advisor to Myanmar's ousted leader given 3-year sentence Radio Free Asia 29 Sep 2022 -- Detained State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi was sentenced to an additional three years in prison on Thursday. Sean Turnell, an Australian citizen who served as an economic advisor during the National League for Democracy-led government, and three NLD ministers were also given three year sentences.
- Myanmar military said to kill hundreds in Sagaing, Magway after blocking internet Radio Free Asia 28 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar's military killed nearly 800 civilians and burned down almost 26,000 houses in Sagaing and Magway regions in the year since authorities cut off internet access to townships where anti-junta armed resistance is strongest, according to an investigation by RFA Burmese.
- Former BBC journalist sentenced to 3 more years in prison by Myanmar junta court Radio Free Asia 28 Sep 2022 -- A former BBC television presenter and freelance journalist in Myanmar was sentenced to three years in prison with hard labor on Wednesday by a military regime court in Yangon for violating the country's Unlawful Associations Act, bringing her total time in jail to six years, a source in the legal community said.
- Junta troops arrest residents of Magway region's Tilin township Radio Free Asia 28 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar's military council troops arrested civilians, including children, after occupying a village in Magway region's Tilin township.
- Nearly 700 residents flee Maygway region's Pauk township as troops burn village Radio Free Asia 27 Sep 2022 -- Nearly 700 people have been forced to leave their homes after junta troops set fire to a village in Pauk Township, in Myanmar's northeastern Magway region.
- National League for Democracy member arrested and killed in Magway region Radio Free Asia 27 Sep 2022 -- A member of the National League for Democracy's (NLD) News and Information group has been arrested and killed by junta forces, according to locals in Seikphyu township in Myanmar's Magway region.
- Rohingya crisis side event at the 2022 UN General Assembly: Minister Ford's statement UK FCDO 27 Sep 2022 -- UK Minister for Development Vicky Ford gave a statement on the Rohingya crisis during a side event at the United Nations General Assembly.
- Junta shelling kills two children, injures several in Myanmar's Rakhine state Radio Free Asia 26 Sep 2022 -- Military shelling in Myanmar's Rakhine state over the past four days has claimed the lives of at least two children and injured several others, residents said Monday, as clashes ramp up between junta troops and ethnic insurgents following a two-year lull.
- At least 5 injured by heavy artillery in Myanmar's Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 26 Sep 2022 -- Residents said two houses burned down after being struck by shells in Sagaing region's Wetlet township. A local resident, who did not want to be named for safety reasons, told RFA that about 40 fully armed junta soldiers arrived at the village early on Sunday morning and shelled Ywar Thar Gyi village.
- UN: Urgent Action Needed to Restore Peace and Democracy in Myanmar VOA 26 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar's human rights situation has been on a downward spiral since the military junta mounted a coup February 1, 2021. A new report finds military attacks in ethnic regions have increased, with civilians and civilian infrastructure targeted.
- Malaysian PM: Sad to see no serious Security Council action on Myanmar Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2022 -- The U.N. Security Council has not taken serious action to remedy the situation in post-coup Myanmar, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Friday, adding that the elite body's five permanent members make it impossible to resolve conflicts by often misusing their veto power.
- Drones level playing field for Myanmar's armed opposition against powerful military Radio Free Asia 24 Sep 2022 -- Nearly 20 months after the military coup in Myanmar, amid a rapidly intensifying conflict, People's Defense Force (PDF) paramilitary groups are turning to drone technology to level the playing field as they engage with better equipped junta troops.
- 3 civilians killed and 5 injured by artillery shelling in Myanmar's Kachin state Radio Free Asia 23 Sep 2022 -- Three civilians were killed, including a 12-year-old child, and five others were injured when junta forces fired heavy artillery on a village in Kachin State's Shwegu township, according to locals and People's Defense Forces (PDFs).
- Nearly half of 3 million who fled Myanmar due to conflict did so since coup Radio Free Asia 23 Sep 2022 -- Nearly 3 million people have fled Myanmar because of armed conflict, nearly half of whom left the country after last year's military coup, an independent research group said Friday.
- Myanmar worst for state violence against civilians in first half of 2022 Radio Free Asia 22 Sep 2022 -- More incidents of violence against civilians by government forces were reported in Myanmar than anywhere else in the world during the first six months of 2022, according to a U.S.-based group that compiles data on conflict in developing nations.
- National League for Democracy MP dies during interrogation Radio Free Asia 22 Sep 2022 -- National League for Democracy (NLD) MP Myo Kyaw has died due to torture during interrogation, according to family members and political colleagues.
- United States Announces More Than $170 Million in Humanitarian Assistance for the Rakhine State/Rohingya Refugee Crisis US Dept. of State 22 Sep 2022 -- The United States today announced more than $170 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya inside and outside Burma, as well as for host communities in Bangladesh.
- Fighting between AA and military spreads southward in Myanmar's Rakhine state Radio Free Asia 21 Sep 2022 -- Fighting between Myanmar's military and the ethnic Arakan Army (AA), which resumed in July after a two-year lull, has intensified and is spreading southward through Rakhine state, sources in the region told RFA Burmese on Wednesday.
- Junta threatens prison, execution for supporting Myanmar opposition Radio Free Asia 21 Sep 2022 -- Anyone in Myanmar found to have provided as little as one kyat in financial support to anti-junta groups or engaged with anti-junta content on social media now faces anywhere from two years in prison to execution, according to a spokesman for the military regime.
- Bangladesh police: Suspected Rohingya rebels kill another refugee camp watchman Radio Free Asia 21 Sep 2022 -- A Rohingya volunteer watchman was killed at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar allegedly by Rohingya insurgents, making him the fifth victim of such an attack by armed rebels, Bangladeshi police said Wednesday.
- Troops kill 2 civilians as they raid villages across Myanmar's regional borders. Radio Free Asia 21 Sep 2022 -- Two locals were shot dead when junta troops launched an offensive at a village in Yesagyo township in Myanmar's Magway region, which borders Sagaing region.
- Over 10,000 locals flee as military seizes township in Myanmar's Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 21 Sep 2022 -- Over 10,000 residents from more than 10 villages in Sagaing region's Khin-U township have fled their villages after junta forces launched offensives in its eastern and western areas, locals told RFA.
- Myanmar spiralling 'from bad to worse, to horrific', Human Rights Council hears UN News 21 Sep 2022 -- Since the Myanmar military launched its â€śdisastrousâ€ť coup last year, UN-appointed independent human rights expert Tom Andrews said on Wednesday that conditions have worsened, â€śby any measureâ€ť.
- More than 100 detained by Myanmar troops in Shan state township Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2022 -- More than 100 people remained trapped in two Buddhist compounds on the outskirts of a village in Myanmar's Shan state on Tuesday after the military took advantage of a lull in fighting with anti-junta forces to set up positions in the area, sources told RFA Burmese.
- 'We must continue to amplify the voices of our people': Myanmar UN Rep Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2022 --
- Myanmar: Statement by the spokesperson on the latest attack against a school in Tabayin European External Action Service (EEAS) 20 Sep 2022 -- The European Union is appalled by reports of at least ten children being killed as army helicopters opened fire over a school in Tabayin, Myanmar. To undertake such military action over a civilian target is against international humanitarian law and must be fully investigated. There must be accountability for this crime.
- Malaysia to push ASEAN for swift decision on Myanmar 5-point consensus Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2022 -- Kuala Lumpur plans to press ASEAN into deciding the fate of its five-point consensus on Myanmar before the regional bloc's summit in November, Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said Monday in New York on the eve of high-level proceedings at the U.N. General Assembly.
- Police arrest 42 Rohingya in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region. Radio Free Asia 20 Sep 2022 -- Locals in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region told RFA that 42 Rohingya, including 26 children, were arrested near a village in Ayeyarwady region's Myaungmya township,
- Myanmar: Guterres strongly condemns army attacks which left 11 children dead UN News 20 Sep 2022 -- The UN chief on Tuesday strongly condemned attacks by Government troops in Myanmar on a northern rebel stronghold which targeted a school, leaving at least 13 dead, including 11 children.
- Targeted sanctions on arms sales key to ending violence in Myanmar: observers Radio Free Asia 19 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar's junta is using weapons purchased from abroad to commit â€śwar crimesâ€ť against its people and must be targeted with new sanctions to end violence in the country, former military officers and political observers said Monday.
- Junta chopper attack on school kills 7 in Myanmar's Sagaing region Radio Free Asia 19 Sep 2022 -- Military helicopters fired on a village school in Myanmar â€śfor nearly an hourâ€ť before junta foot soldiers let loose with guns, killing at least seven children, residents said Monday, in what appeared to be the deadliest attack on children since last year's coup.
- Junta forces arrest 31 Rohingya in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady region Radio Free Asia 19 Sep 2022 -- A total of 31 Rohingya and five boatmen were arrested as they neared a beach at Nwei Nyo Chaung village in Ayeyarwady region's Pathein township, locals told RFA.
- Mortars fired from Myanmar side of border with Bangladesh kill Rohingya youth Radio Free Asia 17 Sep 2022 -- At least one Rohingya youth was killed and several more young refugees were injured when two mortar shells reportedly fired from the Myanmar side fell and exploded in the no-man's land along Bangladesh's southeastern border Friday night, Bangladeshi police said.
- Army shelling kills 4 civilians, including 2 children, in Myanmarâ€™s Shan State Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2022 -- Rescue teams and locals say shelling by junta forces killed two men and two young sisters in Shan Stateâ€™s Moebye township on Friday.
- Junta bans aid groups from 6 townships in Myanmarâ€™s Rakhine state Radio Free Asia 16 Sep 2022 -- Myanmarâ€™s junta has banned domestic and international NGOs operating humanitarian programs, including United Nations relief agencies, from traveling to six townships of Rakhine state, aid workers said Friday.
- Six dead, thousands infected in Myanmar by new COVID-19 outbreak Radio Free Asia 15 Sep 2022 -- At least six people have died and 2,457 have been infected in Myanmar since the start of the month amid an outbreak of a new omicron variant of COVID-19, the juntaâ€™s Ministry of Health announced Thursday.
- Junta arrests 15 demanding UN extend term of Myanmar rep Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2022 -- Authorities in Myanmar's commercial capital Yangon arrested 15 people on Tuesday evening after breaking up an anti-junta protest calling on the United Nations to extend the tenure of the shadow National Unity Government's (NUG) envoy to the world body.
- Myanmar's workers left vulnerable as junta crushes unions Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar's labor unions have been all but crushed amid a crackdown by the junta in the more than 19 months since the military seized power in a coup, according to union officials and the workers who they represent.
- More than 18,000 residents flee township in Myanmar's Bago region Radio Free Asia 14 Sep 2022 -- The number of people fleeing fighting between junta forces and the Karen National Union (KNU) in Bago region's Mone township is nearing 20,000, according to the KNU.
- Newly arrived Rohingya refugees say hundreds want to leave Myanmar Radio Free Asia 13 Sep 2022 -- Hundreds of people were waiting to cross into Bangladesh from Myanmar, a small group of newly arrived Rohingya told BenarNews, amid fierce fighting close to the border that has sparked diplomatic protests over reports of artillery and mortar shells landing in Bangladeshi territory.
- Five local militia members killed in Sagaing region's Budalin township Radio Free Asia 13 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar's military council troops killed five members of a People's Defense Force (PDF) in Myanmar's northern Sagaing region on Tuesday morning.
- Myanmar's people, shadow govt mourn UK monarch amid junta silence Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- Citizens of Myanmar reacted to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week at age 96 after 70 years on the British throne, with sadness on Monday, remembering the monarch as a champion of democracy and a source of comfort in the face of national adversity.
- Human Rights Council Discusses Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar and in Sri Lanka OHCHR 12 Sep 2022
- COVID-19 infections on the rise again as Myanmar's medical system struggles Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- COVID-19 cases are rising again in Myanmar as the country faces an acute lack of medical workers and medicine and aid groups warn of rising complacency against the deadly virus.
- Atomic energy cooperation between Myanmar and Russia raises concern Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- An agreement signed by Myanmar's military regime and Russia's state-owned nuclear energy corporation to jointly assess building a small reactor in the Southeast Asian country underscores the junta's long-term pursuit of nuclear weapons, analysts said.
- Four slain by pro-junta group in Myanmar's Mandalay Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- Four men were found slain in Myanmar's central city of Mandalay on Sunday in what appears to be the latest in a series of killings by a shadowy pro-junta militia group, sources in the country told RFA.
- The Myanmar military's real weak spot: economic ineptitude Radio Free Asia 12 Sep 2022 -- Sept. 7 marked the first anniversary of the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) of Myanmar's declaration of a defensive war against the military. Few at the time gave them much hope against a well-armed and brutal military that had ruled the country for all but seven of the past 60 years. But 19 months after the coup, Myanmar's military is mired in a multi-front war and losing ground. Yet, the junta's greatest vulnerability is the imploding economy.
- Myanmar: Increasing evidence of crimes against humanity since coup UN News 12 Sep 2022 -- Crimes against humanity and war crimes have intensified in the wake of the February 2021 military coup in Myanmar, the UN Human Rights Council heard on Monday.
- Handover ceremony of China-donated COVID-19 vaccines held in Myanmar People's Daily 11 Sep 2022 -- A handover ceremony of 2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by China was held Friday at Myanmar's Yangon International Airport.
- Armed ethnic groups reject junta proposal to join Myanmar military Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2022 -- Armed ethnic groups have rejected a proposal by Myanmar junta chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing to sign a peace deal in exchange for the right to join the military as part of a border guard force, saying a resolution to Myanmar's political crisis must come first.
- More than 100 locals arrested in Tanintharyi region's Dawei township Radio Free Asia 09 Sep 2022 -- Junta forces have been rounding up residents of a village in Myanmar's southern Tanintharyi region, arresting more than 100 since Sept. 6, locals told RFA.
- Price of medicines soars in Myanmar, leaving clinics short of supplies Radio Free Asia 08 Sep 2022 -- Rises in the cost of medicines in Myanmar are leaving many without access to treatment, with prices of basic drugs sometimes doubling and clinics often short of supplies, sources in the military-ruled country say.
- Meeting with Chairman of the State Administration Council of Myanmar Min Aung Hlaing President of Russia 07 Sep 2022 -- Vladimir Putin met with Chairman of the State Administration Council, Prime Minister of the Caretaker Government, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Min Aung Hlaing on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum.
- Myanmar's junta leader heaps praise on Putin at meeting in Russia Radio Free Asia 07 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar junta leader Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing lauded Russian President Vladimir Putin as a world leader bringing international stability as they held their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok, state media reported.
- Myanmar Leader Says Russian President Putin Ensures Stability in the World Sputnik 07 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar leader Min Aung Hlaing said at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin that the Russian leader ensures stability around the world.
- Myanmar to Import Fertilizers, Fuel From Russia, Prime Minister Says Sputnik 07 Sep 2022 -- Myanmar is ready to purchase fertilizers and fuel from Moscow, and is also interested in Russian investment in various sectors, including gas, Myanmar's Prime Minister and State Administration Council Chairman Min Aung Hlaing said Wednesday.
- UN envoy won't return to Myanmar unless she can meet with Aung San Suu Kyi Radio Free Asia 06 Sep 2022 -- The United Nations special envoy to Myanmar said she will not return to the country unless she is allowed to meet with jailed former leader Aung San Suu Kyi, as she defended an initial visit to the Southeast Asian nation where she held talks with the country's military rulers.
- Creation of Russian Military Bases in Myanmar Impossible - Min Aung Hlaing Sputnik 06 Sep 2022 -- The creation of Russian military bases in Myanmar is impossible, because it is prohibited by the country's constitution, Myanmar leader Min Aung Hlaing said in an interview with Sputnik on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF).
- Junta troops kill 12, burn hundreds of homes in 11 days of raids in Sagaing Radio Free Asia 02 Sep 2022 -- Junta troops in Myanmar's Sagaing region have killed at least 12 civilians and burned down more than 500 houses in 11 days since entering the region's northern townships of Kawlin, Kanbalu and Kyunhla, villagers and local defense groups said Friday.
- Aung San Suu Kyi sentenced to a further three years on election fraud charge Radio Free Asia 02 Sep 2022 -- Naypyidaw Prison Court has sentenced Myanmar's former State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to a further three years in prison on a charge of election fraud, sources close to the court told RFA.
- Myanmar Court Sentences Former Leader Aung San Suu Kyi to Three Years of Hard Labor Sputnik 02 Sep 2022 -- Since last year's February military coup, deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has remained in detention and later prison while facing a dozen criminal charges, ranging from election fraud and corruption to violating COVID-19 protocols.
- Thousands flee homes in Kachin amid fighting between Myanmar forces, rebel army Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2022 -- More than 3,000 residents in Kachin state's Waingmaw township have fled their homes since early July to escape heavy artillery and air strikes from Myanmar junta forces and affiliated militias trying to dislodge an ethnic army fighting there, residents and rebel soldiers said.
- PKPF: More than 320 civilians killed in Myanmar's Kayah State since coup Radio Free Asia 01 Sep 2022 -- Military forces have killed 322 civilians in Kayah (Karenni) State in the 19 months since the coup, according to the Progressive Karenni People's Force (PKPF).
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