Ye, May (21)

Intense fighting continues to rage near Wepathe village in Mon State’s Ye Township, where martial law was imposed by the junta, according to the White Tiger column.

As the junta forces launched a massive offensive near Wepathe village, fighting between the two sides has been raging on since May 19.

Sources on the ground said that casualties are not yet known and that the fighting may intensify.

A resident told Than Lwin Times that the regime forces have detained more than 20 local people as human shields in the camp where they were stationed.

The 100-strong junta army launched an offensive after carrying out aerial reconnaissance and bombardment of the Wepathe area.

 Hundreds of local residents from the villages, including Belamut and Wepathe, are fleeing the fighting and are in need of humanitarian aid.

On May 7th, 8th, and 10th, the junta carried out aerial bombardment of Wepathe village in Belamut village tract and nearby PDF camp in the northern part of Ye Township.

The junta air strikes damaged some homes and properties of the residents in Wepathe village and injured four civilians, while three PDF members were killed and four others were injured in the camp bombing.

The Wepathe in Ye Township, is an area under the control of the 6th Brigade of the KNU, as well as a base for the People’s Defense Forces.

News – Than Lwin Times

Photo: White Tiger column

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