Homes destroyed, food trashed as Myanmar military tries to quell 'people's defensive war'

At least 1,120 people have been killed by the junta since the coup. PHOTO: NYTIMES
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BANGKOK - Flaring armed conflict between Myanmar's military regime and groups resisting the Feb 1 coup is laying waste to villages in the heartland, some two weeks after the shadow National Unity Government (NUG) declared a "people's defensive war".

Localised "People's Defence Forces" have not only ambushed troops but also destroyed infrastructure like telecommunications towers belonging to a military-linked company. In response, soldiers have destroyed homes, sabotaged food supplies and even executed civilians, eyewitnesses tell The Straits Times.

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