Belin, April (27)

More than 7,000 locals have fled the fighting between the military council and the KNDO / KNLA in Belin Township, Mon State due to escalating military tensions, the Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 1, Thaton District reported.

Military tensions rose on April 20 when the Karen National Defense Organization (KNDO) issued a three-day withdrawal notice to the Lay Kay and Win Ta Pan military camps in Belin Township.

More than 7,000 people have fled to neighboring forests and shelters from 15 villages, including Lay Kay, Wintar Pan, Kyaukphyar, Kanme, Payitkho and Myitkyo Myitkyo.

Food and shelter are both critically needed by the displaced people.
The KNU Brigade 1’s chairman Pado Saw Soe Myint informed The Than Lwin Times that the KNU has supplied some medical help to the IDPs, but it is insufficient.

“Medical staff are taking care of IDPs as much as they can. We also provide rice,” he added.

Locals are concerned that the conflict may worsen as the military situation on both sides escalates and regime troops refuse to retreat.
There are frequent skirmishes between the military council and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in Belin Township, controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 1.

News – Than Lwin Times

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