Over 3,000 uprooted by clashes in Myanmar: UN

United Nations, Feb 16 (IANS) The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that it has received reports that more than 3,000 people have been displaced in Myanmar’s northern Shan State in the past week, a UN spokesperson said here on Monday.

“Most of these people are seeking shelter in monasteries and are receiving assistance from local organisations, local authorities, and the Myanmar Red Cross Society,” Farhan Haq, the deputy UN spokesperson, said at a daily press briefing, Xinhua reported.

“The United Nations is liaising closely with the relevant authorities, and UN humanitarian staff are assessing the situation to identify gaps and provide further aid if needed,” Haq said.

“The UN’s priority is to ensure that civilians are protected and that people affected by the conflict receive the humanitarian assistance that they need,” he added.

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