Myanmar troops arrest 18 medics for treating members of anti-junta groups Myanmar troops arrest 18 medics for treating ‘terrorists’ in church

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Soldiers made the arrests on Monday during a raid on a church in Loikav in eastern Kaya state, where they discovered 48 patients who were undergoing treatment, seven suffering from Covid-19.

“It has been learned that informal medical treatment was being provided to injured persons and patients of terrorist organizations,” the junta mouthpiece Global New Light of Myanmar said.

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The organizations were not named in the report. It said that the 18 arrested doctors would be dealt with as per law.

Myanmar’s healthcare system has been on the verge of collapse since the military overthrew an elected government in a February 1 coup.

Many medical workers joined the civil disobedience movement and refused to work in military-run hospitals in protest against the junta’s rule.

According to human rights groups, many health facilities and workers have been targeted by security forces.

The army has appealed to the doctors to return to work.

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The report said that some of the four doctors, four nurses and 10 nursing aides arrested at the church had previously been charged with abetment to their refusal to work.

According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), which tracks post-coup events in Myanmar, some 1,300 civilians have been killed and more than 10,000 arrested since the coup.

The military has dismissed the AAPP’s data, which has been cited by the United Nations, and accused it of bias. A junta spokesman said last week that 200 soldiers had been killed in the conflict.


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