Myanmar Security Forces Open Fire on Protesting Medics and Inside Mandalay Mosque

Myanmar security forces opened fire on protesting medical workers in Mandalay city on Thursday, local media reported. 

The pro-democracy protest by medical workers led to a violent dispersal by the junta, according to the BBC’s Burmese-language service, as pro-democracy protesters cancelled new year festivities to show defiance.

The number of casualties was not immediately known. 

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Ko Htet was killed while he was sleeping as the military opened fire inside a mosque in Maha Aungmyay township in Mandalay early Thursday, Myanmar Now reported. 

Another two were injured in the mosque shooting, while more than five were detained including children aged 10 to 16 years old. 

Htet and other worshipers spent the night at the mosque for Ramadan when the soldiers attacked at around 10 in the morning.

Rights group Assistance Association for Political Prisoners has now reported that there are 726 killed in the crackdowns by the military junta.

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