A World Health Organization (WHO) vehicle carrying samples of new coronary pneumonia was attacked in Myanmar on Monday (20th). According to reports, 28-year-old WHO employee Pyae Sone Win Maung was shot dead in the incident when he was driving a vehicle bearing the UN logo and transporting the collected samples of the new coronavirus test. In addition, one government official was seriously injured.
According to foreign media reports, the WHO confirmed that the driver Pyae Sone Win Maung died after being injured in an attack in Rakhine, northwestern Myanmar.
The WHO said in a statement on Tuesday that the WHO was deeply saddened by the death of its personnel in the security incident in Myanmar ’s Rakhine State. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for Southeast Asia, expressly condemned any physical, verbal or psychological violence against health personnel. The UN Secretary General António Guterres also issued a statement strongly condemning the attack that took place on April 20.
The United Nations said that in recent weeks, as the fighting between the Myanmar Armed Forces and the local armed group Arakan Army escalated, dozens of civilians have been killed. Both parties accused each other afterwards, saying that the other party should be responsible and denied that it was related to the incident.