Ye, May (10)

The military regime has launched airstrikes on Mon State’s Ye Township, where martial law has been declared, residents and PDFs told Than Lwin Times.

Around 11:00 p.m. on May 7, a junta plane bombed a PDF camp in the northwestern part of Ye Township. The following day, at 11:00 a.m., another attack was launched on Warpathe and Baelamu villages in the northwestern part of Ye Township.

According to local sources, the military council’s attacks destroyed the homes and some of the property of the residents in Wapathe village and injured four civilians.

Three PDF comrades were killed and four were injured in the bombing of the PDF camp, according to Lieutenant Yan Naing, an official from the PDF in northern Ye.

He said, “The military regime’s reconnaissance plane hovered for two days before the bombing. On May 8 and 9, two days in a row, junta aircraft bombed the villages again. It is reported that some villagers were injured”.

Ye Township is the stronghold of the anti-regime armed forces, as well as the headquarters of the New Mon State Party, which chose the path of negotiation.

Furthermore, it is part of the territory controlled by the Karen National Union (KNU), which is actively involved in the Spring Revolution.
A deputy officer in charge of the Mon State Revolution Organization (MSRO) said, “The junta has been using drones instead of reconnaissance planes lately. We are conducting air defense drills and building bunkers”.

In Ye Township, there has been no major battle between the junta army and the PDFs until today, but there have been many attacks by the PDF on police stations, checkpoints, and battalions, and now the junta has carried out air assaults for the first time.

The People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) in Ye Township have stepped up preparations in terms of location and security in response to junta airstrikes, according to PDF officials.

Nai Nagar, a spokesperson for the Mon State Revolutionary Force (MSRF), said, “The main thing is that we have prepared so that aerial reconnaissance planes and drones cannot see our camps and spot ground targets. The second thing is that we conduct inspections so that military informants cannot infiltrate. In addition, we spread our comrades without deploying in one place”.

The second leader of the YGF, Ko Ye Min, said that the only way to defend against air strikes was to put up temporary camps because of the difficulty of responding to the air attacks.

According to political analysts, the junta army has been carrying out continuous attacks targeting the People’s Defense Forces (PDFs) and civilians with airstrikes due to the increasing losses in ground operations.

According to data from the National Unity Government (NUG), there have been more than 650 airstrikes across the country, killing more than 280 civilians and injuring more than 370 civilians in the two years since the military coup.
News – Than Lwin Times

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