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UN says aid arrives in rebel-held part of Myanmar

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) – The United Nations says it has delivered aid to a rebel-controlled part of northern Myanmar for the first time in more than three months.

The delivery of food, blankets and basic medical kits to camps housing thousands of displaced civilians who fled fighting in Kachin state marks the second time the U.N. was able to deliver aid there since skirmishes between rebels and the army ignited last June.

U.N. information officer Aye Win says the aid was delivered Saturday to two camps in the Sadung area. More U.N. convoys are headed to the region.

Aye Win said Monday that the last U.N. aid delivered to Kachin state was Dec. 12.

Last week, Human Rights Watch condemned Myanmar’s government for preventing international aid from reaching the strife-torn region.

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