The bombs fall at night, without warning. The Myanmar military bombs homes, schools, churches, and hospitals.
In the past year, dozens of people have been killed by airstrikes. The majority of the 400,000 people who have been forced to flee their homes since the military coup last year have fled because of airstrikes or the threat of airstrikes. It causes immense suffering and a humanitarian crisis as families hide without proper shelter and food.
Most of these airstrikes, using jets and helicopters, are happening in ethnic states, and local communities are calling for international action. But military jets require fuel. If the jets can’t fly, they can’t bomb.
PetroChina International Singapore Pte Ltd shipped 13,300 tonnes of jet fuel into Myanmar in April 2021, according to government import data reviewed by Reuters. PetroChina is a subsidiary of the state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC).
Burmese civil society organizations have called for an embargo of jet fuel sales to Myanmar. “We’re appalled that PetroChina is exporting jet fuel to Myanmar, doing business with the war criminals who are conducting indiscriminate airstrikes against ethnic communities,” stated Justice for Myanmar spokeswoman Yadanar Maung to Reuters.
For More Information
“Sanction Aviation Fuel to Alleviate Humanitarian Crisis in Burma,” Burma Campaign UK, 8 February 2022
“EXCLUSIVE PetroChina ships jet fuel to junta-ruled Myanmar, data shows,” Reuters, 20 May 2021 “Myanmar Regime’s Reliance on Air Power a Sign of Weakness: US Security Expert,” The Irrawaddy, 20 January 2022