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Number of dead in Myanmar crosses 700 as clashes intensify

Protesters hold a banner they march during a demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Ousted democratic leaders in Myanmar have said they are rescinding the country's 2008 constitution, which gave significant power to the armed forces. Photo: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Wire/dpa
Protesters hold a banner they march during a demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. Ousted democratic leaders in Myanmar have said they are rescinding the country’s 2008 constitution, which gave significant power to the armed forces. Photo: Tayfun Salci/ZUMA Wire/dpa

(dpa) – The number of people killed since the military coup in Myanmar has risen to 700 after new violence over the weekend.

According to the non-profit Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), at least 701 people have been killed in the violent crackdown by security forces on protesters.

On Friday alone, at least 82 people were killed in the south-eastern city of Bago, AAPP said. Local media reported the military used heavy artillery against civilians.

“The UN in Myanmar is following events in Bago with reports of heavy artillery being used against civilians and medical treatment being denied to those injured,” the United Nations Myanmar office wrote on Twitter, calling for an end to the violence and the wounded to receive treatment.

Since the military on February 1 toppled the civilian government and put de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi under house arrest, people have been protesting almost daily despite a brutal crackdown.

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Military forces are using live ammunition against protesters and some 3,000 people have been detained, according to AAPP, with reports of torture.

But the protesters were undeterred, with people taking to the streets again on Sunday across the country.

Meanwhile, more reports have emerged of an attack on a police station by the Three Brotherhood Alliance militia. The attack in the community of Lashio on Saturday resulted in 15 deaths, according to a local journalist and a report by news portal DVB.

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