Myanmar military calls for another ceasefire

Myanmar's military has called for another one-month ceasefire as it continues to fight armed ethnic minority groups supporting anti-coup protesters.

The announcement via state media on Friday said the military will suspend all armed operations from May 1 to May 31.

The military made a similar announcement on March 30 for the month of April. But three months after the coup, civilians continue to be shot and beaten by the military and police.

A local human rights group says the death toll up until Friday has reached 759.

The leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations met to discuss the situation on April 24. Myanmar's Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, who led the coup, also attended.

The chair of the meeting issued a five-item-statement calling for an immediate end to the violence.

The military responded through a state newspaper that it would consider the request once the country's situation stabilizes.

Protesters are back on the streets in many parts of the country. It is feared that rather than a ceasefire, the military may escalate its crackdown. Scattered demonstrations took place on Friday in the largest city Yangon.

Fighting between the military and the minority armed groups has also intensified, resulting in deaths on both sides. Many civilians have fled under heavy airstrikes.