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Burmese regime ‘used chemical shell on rebels’

The Burmese military dictatorship used chemical weapons against ethnic minority guerrillas this year, an international human rights group said last night. Christian Solidarity Worldwide said Burmese forces mounted a month-long artillery barrage against a border post held by Karenni soldiers at Nya My, close to the Thai town of Mae Hong Son. Rebels quoted by the organisation said it culminated with a shell that released a cloud of pungent yellow smoke. Martin Panter, the organisation’s president, who interviewed five of them, said: “These are soldiers with 15 to 20 years’ experience. This was not something they had experienced before.” Full Story

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