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Army plans temporary camps for fleeing Myanmar nationals

THE Thai army is planning temporary camps in Ranong and Chumphon provinces for Myanmar nationals fleeing political violence, as the death toll among protesters there continues to escalate, NNT said.

Maj Gen Santi Sakuntak, commander of the Thep Satri Task Force, said Muang, La-un and Kra Buri districts in Ranong and Tha Sae district in neighbouring Chumphon have been designated as areas for temporary shelters.

He said Thailand would accept them on humanitarian grounds and send them back after the situation returns to normal, instead of setting up permanent refugee camps at the border.

Protests against the government in Myanmar have turned deadly since the Feb 1 coup, with dozens of demonstrators killed on Sunday. The government imposed martial law in two townships in Yangon.

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