Two warplanes "launched an air strike and aerial gunfire" followed by rockets from helicopters, says governor of Thailand's Mae Hong Son province, which borders Myanmar's Karen state, marking a second day of assault.
A formal statement, which was issued by ASEAN leaders after they met with Myanmar General Min Aung Hlaing in Jakarta, calls for “immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar” and urges all parties to “exercise utmost restraint”.
Thailand’s PM says Karen villagers who fled airstrikes returned home of their own will, denying that his country’s security forces had forced them back.
The denial from Prime Minister Prayuth came a day after humanitarian groups said Thailand has been sending back some of the thousands of people who have fled a series of Myanmar military air strikes.
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit was charged with lese majeste, Thailand's strict royal defamation laws over a Facebook video in which he questioned the country's over-reliance on coronavirus vaccines from a company linked to the royal family.
The founder of the Free Burma Rangers said 2,009 people had been forced to return to the Ee Thu Hta displacement camp on the Myanmar side of the border.
Bangkok police said 99 people were arrested on Sunday in front of the Government House, adding the arrests were necessary under a law forbidding large public gatherings to prevent coronavirus spread.
More than 3,000 people flee southeastern Karen state following military air attacks on an area controlled by ethnic rebels.
The rally outside Bangkok's Grand Palace was a continuation of student-led protests that began last year and have rattled Thailand's traditional establishment, which is fiercely opposed to change, especially with regard to the monarchy.
About 1,000 protesters gather near Grand Palace in capital Bangkok demanding end to constitution drafted by military after 2014 coup.
Thailand announces plans to go ahead with AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine despite other countries suspending its use over safety fears.
Some countries have opened doors for the private sector to get in on the vaccine drive.
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