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2000 displaced in Myanmar's northeast

More than 2000 people are in need of aid after becoming trapped in Myanmar's northeast during clashes, rights groups say.

More than 2000 people have been trapped in Myanmar's northeast without access to humanitarian aid for seven days after fleeing clashes between an ethnic armed group and the army, humanitarian groups say.

"People from three villages in Tanai Township (in Kachin State) left their villages and the fighting has gone on for a week and continued on Tuesday," Khon Ja of the Kachin Peace Network said.

"Humanitarian organisations do not have permission to travel to that area," Khon Ja added in comments to dpa.

One-time democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi made ending Myanmar's 70-year civil war a priority when her National League of Democracy won landslide elections in 2015, ending five decades of military rule, but the government-led peace process has been criticised as stalling.

"From my point of view, the (government) peace process is not a solution to Myanmar's conflict," Khon Ja said.

One of Myanmar's many ethnic armed groups, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), has regularly clashed with the Myanmar army since a ceasefire broke down in 2011.

Clashes have been reported in five parts of Kachin State since April 7, the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said.

In a letter to the state's chief minister, Kachin State Women Network requested urgent assistance for the more than 2,000 Tanai villagers who fled a Myanmar army aerial attack on villages on April 11, in which the group says one person was killed and another injured.

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