|Ma Chaw Chaw (L), 21, a war victim who fled from the conflict zone, gets treatment at a monastery which is being set up as a temporary refugee camp in Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 19, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
The Kunlong Township branch of the Myanmar Red Cross Society has helped to rescue 3,163 war refugees from the fighting in the Kokang region within the last week, Daw Shwe Sin Myint, head of the communications department of the NGO, told Mizzima on February 19.
|U Zaw Min Htike, 37,a volunteer driver of the Myanmar Red Cross who was wounded in rescue convoy attack on February 17, holds a newspaper featuring his picture on the front page, at Lashio General Hospital, Lashio, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 19, 2015. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
Aid workers called on February 19 for a ceasefire to allow the evacuation of people trapped around a town at the centre of fierce fighting between Myanmar's army and ethnic rebels, after the deaths of two more civilians in an area cloaked by a state of emergency.
|Professor Tha Hla Shwe, president of the Myanmar Red Cross. Photo: Myanmar Red Cross Society|
The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement said it was deeply saddened to learn that two volunteers from the Myanmar Red Cross Society were wounded on February 17 when a convoy transporting displaced families came under fire, according to statement issued by the ICRC on February 18.
|Volunteers of Myanmar Red Cross organisation carry wounded volunteer U Moe Kyaw, 45, as the war vrefugees fleeing from Laukkai sit on the truck after vehicles of a rescue convoy were attacked by Kokang rebels near Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Two volunteers from Myanmar Red Cross Society injured in rescue convoy attack. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo/EPA|
The Myanmar Journalist Network on February 18 issued a statement urging government troops, who are taking responsibility to provide security in the Kokang area, to protect media personnel who have been covering the fighting in the area.
|A wounded Red Cross volunteer lies on ground after vehicles of a civilian rescue convoy were attacked by Kokang rebels near the self-administered Kokang capital Laukkai, northern Shan State, Myanmar, February 17, 2015. Two volunteers from the Myanmar Red Cross Society were injured in the convoy attack. Photo: Lynn Bo Bo|
In what is said to be the first attack against the Myanmar Red Cross, two Red Cross volunteers were shot when a convoy carrying war refugees was attacked on February 17.