Following Myanmar Army’s airstrike at the Chin state near the Indo-Myanmar border, over 5,000 Myanmar nationals have crossed over to neighbouring Mizoram in India. IGP Khiangte also apprised that as many as 42 Myanmar army troops have surrendered in front of Mizoram Police, and were handed over to Assam Rifles.

The injured are being taken care of by local Mizo non-governmental organisations. Many Myanmar nationals were caught in the crossfire and got injured while crossing over to India on Nov 13. Meanwhile, Indian Central Intelligence agencies are keeping a close watch as the gun battle in Myanmar triggered a fresh influx of refugees in Mizoram.

Myanmar’s military junta is facing its biggest test since taking power in a 2021 coup after three ethnic minority forces launched a coordinated offensive in late October, capturing some towns and military posts, Reuters reported. Last week, the military-installed president said that Myanmar was at risk of “breaking apart” because of an ineffective response to the rebellion.

As per Reuters, the new combat will be another blow for the junta which is increasingly stretched amid mounting armed opposition, fuelled by anger over the coup and crackdown.