Dozens of military soldiers in Myanmar have reportedly surrendered as pro-democracy forces and ethnic militants continue their fight against the junta. The losses pose the greatest challenge to the junta since it took power after a coup two years ago.
Battles have been intensifying in the eastern state of Shan. Three ethnic militant groups ramped up attacks since late last month and captured several towns and over 100 military posts.
The pro-democracy National Unity Government says more than 200 soldiers and their family members surrendered on Sunday in areas near the border with China.
Local media also report that over 50 soldiers and their families in the Sagaing region fled a rebel attack and crossed into India earlier this month.
Observers say the Myanmar military is losing control of its soldiers, as intensifying battles across the country chip away at their morale.
A UN agency says more than 200,000 people across Myanmar had been forcibly displaced as of Tuesday since the latest round of fighting started. Many are reportedly rushing to the border with China.