UN fears for Myanmar after army build-up

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The United Nations human rights office has voiced deep concern at what it says is a build-up of Myanmar's military deploying heavy weapons and troops in areas of the country where the internet has also been shut down.

Ravina Shamdasani, UN human rights spokeswoman, said it had documented intensifying attacks by the army in the past month in Chin state and other areas, with killings and burning of houses, in an apparent attempt to seek out armed resistance.

The violence and build-up have led to the office of UN rights boss Michelle Bachelet becoming "very alarmed and concerned that there may be a very serious attack against civilian populations," Shamdasani told a UN briefing in Geneva.

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