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Thousands flee into Thailand following Myanmar air strikes

(AP) Thai authorities along the country’s border with Myanmar are bracing for a possible influx of more ethnic Karen villagers fleeing new airstrikes by the Myanmar military.

Myanmar aircraft carried out three strikes overnight Sunday, according to Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian relief agency that delivers medical and other assistance to villagers. A member of the agency says no one was believed to have been killed but one child was severely injured. On Sunday, about 2,500 people crossed the river dividing the two countries after two days of aerial attacks.

The airstrikes mark an escalation in the increasingly violent crackdown by the Myanmar government against opponents of the Feb. 1 military takeover.

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