An insurgent group have revealed that about 30 people have been killed by the Myanmar army in a monastery in Shan State, southern Myanmar.
The Karenni National Defense Force (KNDF) said the village of Nan Nein was shelled last Saturday.
Foreign reports say that the villagers who fled and hid in the monastery when the village was attacked were killed in this way.
The rebel group claimed that at least 30 people and three Buddhist monks have been executed.
The Kantarawaddy Times, a local newspaper, quoted a KNDF spokesperson saying: “It was like the [military] made them line up in front of the monastery and brutally shot them all, including the monks.”
Some of the surrounding buildings and houses were also burned down in what the KNDF has said was a military attack on the village.
Since a military coup that overthrew power in Myanmar, there have been a number of recent battles between the military and anti-military rebel groups.
After the arrest of politicians including Aung San Suu Kyi, the Myanmar military took control of the country.
Hundreds of people died and hundreds more were arrested.
Myanmar has been embroiled in a long civil war.
But in 2021, the situation took a turn for the worse.
According to the United Nations, 15 million people are at risk of poverty.