International charity Save the Children confirmed on Dec. 28 that two of its staff members were killed in a Christmas Eve attack that it blames on the Myanmar military.
In a statement, Save the Children said the two staff were among at least 35 people, including women and children, killed by the military on Dec. 24 in eastern Kayah State.
The staff were returning to their office after working in a nearby community when they were caught up in the attack, Save the Children said.
Save the Children did not name the staff due to security reasons.
“The military forced people from their cars, arrested some, killed many, and burnt the bodies,” the charity said.
Monitoring group Myanmar Witness confirmed that 35 people “were burnt alive on cars” in Moso Village, Hpruso Town on Dec. 24 at 1:18 p.m. local time, as shown by satellite data.
Military junta spokesperson Zaw Min Tun told AFP News that troops killed an unspecified number of people following a clash after they attempted to stop seven cars driving in a “suspicious way.”
“This news is absolutely horrifying. Violence against innocent civilians including aid workers is intolerable, and this senseless attack is a breach of International Humanitarian Law,” Save the Children Chief Executive Inger Ashing stated.
Ashing urged the United Nations (UN) Security Council to convene “as soon as possible to set out the steps they will take to hold those responsible to account.”
Ashing added that UN member states should impose an arms embargo.
Ashing also called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to review an April consensus that calls for “an immediate cessation of violence in Myanmar.”
Save the Children temporarily suspended its operations in some parts of Myanmar following the massacre.
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