Martial law declared in Myanmar
19 February 2015, Nirapad News: Martial law has been declared in the Kokang region of Myanmar, following intense fighting between ethnic-minority rebels and the army. Myanmar president Thein Sein has handed power in the area over to the military and imposed a three-month period of martial law.
Fighting was triggered by the return of rebel leader Phone Kya Shin after five years of exile in China. Ten thousands of refugees have been forced to flee their homes.
Chinese state media said there had been 30,000 border crossings by Myanmar nationals over the past week. Violent clashes between the military and rebel fighters known as the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) have intensified since 9 February.
President Thein Sein declared this state of emergency and imposed martial law in a region near the Chinese border after more than 70 people were killed in fighting between the Myanmar army and a rebel group.