10,000 refugees flee Myanmar; post-poll fighting continues

November 8, 2010 18:17

Myanmar — Fighting between ethnic rebels and Myanmar government troops has sent at least 10,000 refugees across the border into Thailand after a widely criticized election expected to usher in a parliament sympathetic to the military regime.

Fighting raged Monday at key points on the frontier with Thailand, leaving at least 10 people wounded on both sides of the frontier.In the heaviest clashes, Karen rebels reportedly seized a police station and post office Sunday in the Myanmar border town of Myawaddy. Sporadic gun and mortar fire continued into Monday afternoon. More fighting broke out further south for one hour Monday at the Three Pagodas Pass, said local Thai official Chamras Jungnoi, but there was no word on any casualties.

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