Myanmarinfo-icon's armyinfo-icon launched air strikes on the weekend after clashes with fighters against the junta in the Sagaing area, in keeping with mediainfo-icon and a militia member, as cellphone strains and the internetinfo-icon have been additionally severed in some districts. 

The Southeast Asian nation has been in disaster for the reason that military seized energy on Feb. 1, ending a decade of tentative steps in direction of democracy and triggering outrage at dwelling and overseas and the organising of People's Defence Forces (PDFs) to tackle the army. 

The DVB news portal reported the air strikes occurred as the military staged an offensive in the Pinlebu spaceinfo-icon of Sagaing in northwest Myanmar, citing residents who heard plane and explosions on Saturday night time earlier than cellphone strains and the internet went down. 

A member of the Pinlebu PDF, talking from outdoors the worldinfo-icon, additionally confirmed by phone that air strikes had taken place, however stated there had been no casualties amongst his group. 

"We cannot contact them due to the internet and phone lines blackout," the activist, who declined to be recognized, stated of his opposition colleagues. Reuters couldn't independently confirm any of the claims and a spokesman for the army didn't reply calls looking for remark. 

The National Unity Government (NUG), a shadow administration arrange by ousted lawmakers and others against the junta, stated an arms cache together with a rocket propelled grenade, small arms and shells had been seized in the combating. It stated more than 25 authorities troopers had been killed. 

There has been an upsurge in bloodshed in areas like Sagaing after the underground NUG declared an rebellion on Sept. 7 and known as on PDFs to focus on the junta and its belongings. 

Earlier in the battle, the army had at instances shut down the internet, notably in cities, in a bid to curb demonstrations. 

Since Thursday, the army had cut internet entry in 11 battle-hit districts in Chininfo-icon State and in the Magway area, the Myanmar Now news portal reported, citing residents and members of PDFs. 

Last week, hundreds fled from the city of Thantlang in Chin Stat , bordering Indiainfo-icon, after combating in which a Christian pastor amongst these killed. 

Some militia teams have additionally claimed accountability for blowing up scores of telecommunication towers run by Mytel, a partly military-managed firm. 

USinfo-icon-based mostly democracy watchdog Freedom House stated in a report revealed final week that internet freedom slumped by 14 factors in Myanmar - the biggest annual decline ever recorded on its 100-level scale - after the coup.