Hpapun, February (15)

The Karen National Union (KNU) reported on February 14 that junta airstrikes in the KNU-controlled Kawthoolei region, Hpapun, and Dooplaya Districts in January resulted in the deaths of 13 civilians, including a child.

According to the statement, the military council conducted 57 airstrikes in January using fighter jets and helicopters against towns and filed work in KNU Brigade 5, Hpapun District Brigade, and Brigade 6, Dooplaya District, dropping at least 208 bombs and firing machine guns at various locations.

It is reported that 13 civilians, including a two-year-old child, one Baptist pastor, and one Catholic priest, were killed and nine others, including a four-year-old child, were injured in a junta airstrike targeting civilians.

Furthermore, 33 homes were burned down and 24 were destroyed as a result of the airstrikes, and two schools, four Baptist churches, one hospital, two Buddhist monasteries, and eight public buildings, were damaged, with an estimated loss of 10 million baht, according to KNU.

In more than 400 battles that took place in KNU-held territory in January between regime soldiers and the KNLA/KNDO joint forces, almost 470 junta members were killed, and 24 KNU members were also lost.

According to the KNU, nearly 400,000 locals have been displaced as a result of the fighting between the two sides and require humanitarian assistance.

News-Than Lwin Times

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