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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Burma Army Hits Karen Positions

MAE SOT, Thailand -- About 16,000 Karen refugees streamed into Thailand on Thursday, a day after Burmese troops attacked key Karen National Union, or KNU, guerrilla camps in Burma, Thai officials said.


Border Patrol Police sources based in the Umphang district of Thailand's northern Take province said the refugees had scattered in the jungle.


On Wednesday, about 2,000 refugees were reported by the Thai army to have crossed over.


Burmese troops Wednesday attacked three KNU mobile camps in Burma's eastern jungle with mortars and artillery and dispersed about 4,000 KNU guerrillas, Thai military sources said.


About 70,000 ethnic Karen refugees, who fled fighting inside Burma, have been living in sprawling refugee camps along Thailand's border for years.


The refugees are family members and followers of the KNU, which has been fighting the Burmese military government for greater autonomy for the Karen state since Burmese independence in 1948.