At least three villagers of Day Pu No area of Papun District, in northern Karen state in Myanmar, were killed and eight others injured in a series of airstrikes by Myanmar's military over the weekend, according to Free Burma Rangers, a multi-humanitarian relief agency that delivers medical and other assistance to villagers.
"Local residents reported that a Burma Army aircraft circled the area in the afternoon of March 27. Later in the evening, between 8:20pm and 8:30pm, Burma Army aircraft returned to the area and dropped four bombs, causing casualties in Day Pu No village area of the Yunzalin River valley. Aircraft returned again between 1 am and 2am and again dropped multiple bombs," the agency said.
The agency further said that more than 2000 people in the area have fled their home and are hiding in the jungle.
More than 3,000 people fled to Thailand amid bombardments to take refuge on Sunday, reports said.
The airstrikes represented another escalation in the increasingly violent crackdown by the Myanmar junta against opponents of the February 1 military coup.