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Myanmar Crisis

Myanmar sees most bloodshed since coup as junta escalates violence

Protesters fatally shot as forces use live ammunition

Protesters take cover as they clash with riot police officers during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar.   © Reuters

BANGKOK/YANGON -- Violence by Myanmar's military against civilian protesters in towns and cities across the country escalated on Sunday as security forces used live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas against mostly peaceful civilians protesting the Feb. 1 military takeover.

By mid-afternoon, at least 18 protesters had been fatally shot, according to the United Nations human rights office, and scores injured by military or police forces in several towns and cities, including the southern town of Dawei, Bago near Yangon, and Mandalay, in the west, where one death was reported.

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