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The United Nations warns of a “civil war” and a “bloodbath” in Myanmar

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The United Nations envoy, Christine Schraner Burgener, warned Wednesday that Myanmar (Burma) is facing an “unprecedented” risk of being drawn into a “civil war”, calling on the UN Security Council to use “all means” to avoid a “catastrophe” and a “bloodbath” in the this country.

In a speech delivered during an emergency closed session held by the UN Security Council, at the request of Britain, to discuss the situation in Myanmar, the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General said: “There is a risk that this matter will happen before our eyes, and any failure to prevent further escalation of atrocities will cost the world.” Much more, in the long run “than immediate action.

The country has been witnessing a wave of unrest since the army ousted the civilian government from power in the February 1 coup, which led to a nationwide uprising in which protesters called for the restoration of democracy.

A local organization counted the killing of 520 civilians during the past two months, and the loss of hundreds of others, who were kept in secret locations.

As the situation deteriorated, Washington ordered “non-essential US government employees” to leave the country.

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