Junta airstrike damages school in Myanmar’s Sagaing region

A junta attack helicopter targeted a temporary school in Sagaing region’s Yinmarbin township, residents told Radio Free Asia Tuesday.

None of the teachers or students at the school in the township’s Ka Paing village were killed in the junta airstrike but one person was injured in the arm and chest.

“A 20-year-old man was hit and had to be treated to stop the bleeding because it was life-threatening,” said a local, who didn’t want to be named for fear of reprisals.

“A Mi-35 came and shot for almost half an hour damaging the school,” he said, referring to a Russian-made helicopter.

The man said there had been no fighting near the school, but locals often had to flee ahead of junta raids.

The school was set up by civil disobedience movement teachers to serve around 200 students from nearby villages.

The junta has released no statement on the raid. RFA called Sagaing region spokesperson Tin Than Win but nobody answered.

On Sept. 7, a teacher and three students died and seven people were injured by a junta airstrike in Kayin state’s Hpapun township, according to the Karen National Union.

Union spokesperson P’doh Saw K’ler Say told RFA Burmese the junta bombed a school dormitory in a deliberately targeted attack.

Education facilities in Myanmar were among those most targeted by attacks of any country in the world last year according to the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack.

A joint statement by the group and Human Rights Watch said it was second only to Ukraine in terms of attacks.

Source: Radio Free Asia