Myanmar general killed in drone attack near Thai border; more than 3,000 people fleeing war given shelter in Thailand


Brigadier-General Soe Min That, commander of the 44th Division controlling the Pha Song camp, 275th Infantry Battalion, Myawaddy, was killed on the battlefield near the Thai-Myanmar border. - Image from The Nation Thailand/ANN

YANGON/BANGKOK (The Nation Thailand/ANN): A senior commander of the Myanmar junta’s armed forces has been killed in a drone attack by anti-government forces near the Thai-Myanmar border.

Brigadier-General Soe Min That, commander of the 44th Division controlling the Pha Song camp, 275th Infantry Battalion, Myawaddy, was killed on the battlefield near the Thai-Myanmar border.

Armed ethnic groups have launched an air operation against Myanmar soldiers using drones and dropping bombs near the Thai-Myanmar border checkpoint at the Second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, opposite Ban Wang Takhian, Tha Sai Luad subdistrict, Mae Sot district, Tak province, causing the deaths of many government troops.

Brigadier-General Soe Min That’s camp was opposite Rim Moei village, Tha Sai Luad subdistrict, Mae Sot district.

Despite being in a disadvantaged area on the battlefield, he never yielded to the enemy after withdrawing from the Pha Song camp. He was killed by drones on the battlefield.

Myanmar’s military regime will coordinate through the Thai-Myanmar Border Committee to request the repatriation of the general's remains to Mae Sot District.

Meanwhile, more than 3,000 Myanmar people have fled to Thailand amid the ongoing conflict and the Ministry of Public Health is providing humanitarian aid, Thai authorities said on Saturday.

Dr Sopon Eiamsiritaworn, the inspector-general of the ministry’s Health Region 2, said that he had been assigned by Dr Opas Karnkawinpong, the ministry’s permanent secretary, to monitor the situation amid an increase in the number of refugees fleeing the fighting and entering Thailand.

Dr Sopon said that care for the people fleeing unrest was based on humanitarian principles. Currently, the local authorities and security agencies in Tak province are ensuring the safety of the areas and providing food and drinking water for refugees, he said.

Medical and public health personnel from Ban Wang Takhian Hospital have set up first-aid stations, mostly treating minor injuries, and are actively monitoring to prevent disease outbreaks.

The Public Health Office of Tak province plans to support medical personnel from nearby hospitals in the area when requested. Additionally, they have prepared medicines, medical supplies and equipment to handle emergency situations, he said.

Sopon assured the public that providing assistance to the displaced people in accordance with humanitarian principles would not impact the services provided to Thai citizens. - The Nation Thailand/ANN

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