Tanintharyi, June (2)
More than 2,000 civilians were forced to flee as the junta fired artillery shells into Lethit village and surrounding areas when there was no fighting, said the local resistance force in Tanintharyi.
Since the morning of June 1, the junta army based in Zawe Village, Tanintharyi Township, and the other troops stationed on the mountain of San Thit village have fired at least 20 heavy weapons into the villages of Lethit, Chaung Wa, and Thaung Phyu.
More than 2,000 residents of Lethit and Thaung Phyu are fleeing to safe places after a villager was wounded by a heavy weapon.
Although some homes were destroyed by artillery shelling, the exact number of homes that were destroyed is still unknown, said a spokesperson for Tanintharyi PDF.
The revolutionary forces said that the military council’s mortar shelling in Lethit village when there was no fighting could be related to the incident of the junta convoy being attacked with mines.
On May 31, military convoy departing from Myeik to Tanintharyi was hit by mines three times between the villages of Sindin, Chaung Nyi Ko, Yan Phoe, and Banlamon, causing injuries or deaths.
Nearly 40,000 residents of Tanintharyi have fled the fighting and artillery shelling by regime troops following the coup, said the volunteers who assist the IDPs.
News-Than Lwin Times