Kantbalu, 21 April

Nearly 8,000 locals fled from their eight villages in Kantbalu Township, Sagaing region, as the junta troops are heading to  Pazigyi villages on 19 April, where the military’s air force bombed to kill nearly 170 people including children and pregnant women on 11 April.

Under the scorching sun, these IDPs are also facing the lack of drinking water.

  A local said to Than Lwin Times, “We brought water bottles. But the water is hot under scorching sun. We also have to carry water from the creeks.”

Some initial reports said the military column was coming from Thabeikkyin Township of Mandalay region, and they have not conducted offensive attacks.

 It was the third time of military troops heading to the nearby area of Pazygyi village after the military coup in the country.

In May and August last year, the junta soldiers killed three civilians from Pazigyi and Htantaw villages, and burnt down 30 houses.

   According to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners, a total of 1,511 civilians were killed in airstrikes, heavy weapon shells and offensive attacks of ground forces.

 News—Than Lwin Times


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