GENEVA 

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, said Friday it is concerned by reports of mounting civilian casualties and growing displacement triggered by the latest escalation of clashes in western Myanmar.

It urged warring parties to cease fighting due to the coronavirus threat.

UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said at a virtual UN news conference that recent local reports cite at least 21 civilians killed as clashes hit villages along the border between Myanmar’s Rakhine and Chin states earlier this month.

“Losses among the civilian population have become frequent and underscore the human cost and heavy impact of a ceaseless conflict on

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