13 killed including 11 children in the Buddhist Monastery

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At least 13 people, including 11 children, have been reported killed and many others injured in an army attack on a school in Depain village in Myanmar’s central Sagaing region. Reliable sources said that the attack took place on September 16, 2022 (Friday). The school that was attacked was located inside a Buddhist monastery and had more than 200 students, reports said. Some of the dead are believed to have been killed in airstrikes carried out by the army while the rest were crushed to death by the soldiers.

According to media reports, the military admitted that they opened fire on the school in Depain Township village in the central Sagaing region. According to the army, it was from this school that the anti-junta rebels attacked their members.

As the Sagaing region is one of Myanmar’s military strongholds, regime forces have reportedly been attacking villages in the area since last year. Military forces are constantly raiding civilian areas. It also called for artillery and air strikes if necessary. Thousands of local residents fled their homes following the army’s call.

13 killed by Air strike in Buddhist Monastery (বাংলা)

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement on 20 September condemning the attack. “Even in times of armed conflict, schools must remain areas in which children are granted protection and a safe place to learn,” Guterres’s statement said. “Attacks on schools and hospitals in contravention of international humanitarian law also constitute one of the six grave violations against children, in times of armed conflict strongly condemned by the Security Council.”

Since mid-February 2021, the military-led ruling clique has seized power and continued to suppress the opposition. Even the respectable Buddhist monastic association of the country is not spared from torture. Despite a violent crackdown over the past 18 months, the junta government faces widespread opposition. Military crackdowns on peaceful protest movements have led to armed resistance by ordinary people.

UNICEF Myanmar issued a statement on September 19 in protest against the September 16 attack. The statement condemned the school attack. “On September 16, at least 11 children were killed as a result of airstrikes and indiscriminate shelling in civilian areas,” UNICEF said in a statement. At least 15 children from the same school are still missing. UNICEF is calling for the immediate and safe release of the missing children.”

13 killed including 11 children in the Buddhist Monastery

Air strike in Buddhist Monastery (বাংলা)

According to media reports, 7 children were killed there during the military airstrikes. Later, the injured along with the dead bodies of the seven children were taken to a hospital. 2 more children died in hospital, 2 more died later during treatment.

A witness who visited the Buddhist temple school after the airstrike said, “Some of the children who were taken in the car had their body parts cut off. A dismembered child’s body was wrapped in a bamboo basket used by the army [backpacks of Myanmar military soldiers]. It looked like inside the school a pool of blood. Pieces of meat were scattered everywhere, the electric fan, the walls and the ceiling were still covered in lumps of meat.”

The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a Myanmar and Thailand-based human rights organization, reported that as of September 22, ‍almost 2,311 civilians involved in the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar had been killed by junta forces. The organization (AAPP) notes that this is just our verified figure and the actual number could be much higher. The last 13 people were killed on September, 16, 2022.

A total of 12,462 people were detained and 126 executed, including 84 death row prisoners, since the coup.

Note that according to the 2016 census, about 89.8 percent of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist, 6.3 percent Christian, 2.3 percent Muslim and 0.5 percent Hindu. The remaining 1 percent belong to tribals and other religions. Buddhist monks and clergy, along with groups representing all of Myanmar’s major religious communities, have taken to the streets and continued to protest against the military occupation.

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