Thai people living near the border in Mae Sot and Phop Phra districts greatly feared stray grenades from a prolonged battle between Myanmar government soldiers and Karen troops as Myanmar refugees were brought to safe grounds on the Thai side.
The Myanmar military and the Karen National Union have used heavy weapons against each other opposite Tak province for over two weeks. Their clashes were escalating and many troops of both sides were injured on Monday.
Three refugees were severely wounded with shrapnel. They were carried across the Moei River and Thai medics from Mae Sot Hospital quickly brought them on an ambulance to treatment.
This morning, Mae Sot officials led 1,015 Karen refugees from an initial shelter to join other Karens farther from the border for better assistance and safety. They were the last group of Karen refugees who had crossed the border Moei River to the Thai soil two days ago.
Meanwhile, soldiers made shelters to protect locals after stray bullets and rocket-propelled grenades hit villages near the border in Mae Sot and Phop Phra districts. (TNA)