All residents from three villages flee Kale Tagondaing battle

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Kyainseikgyi, 16 September

Local people from three villages have been displaced by the fighting in Kale Tagondaing village tract in Karen State’s Kyainseikgyi Township, said the sources.

The combined forces of the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) have engaged in battle with junta troops that invaded Kale Tagondaing village tract since 14 September.

The junta army’s artillery shelling and airstrikes forced local residents of Kale, Myo Haung, and Kale Ywar Lay villages, as well as local residents of Hpayar Ngar Suu, Tagondaing, Naung Daw, and Palain, to flee.

Currently, the military council and the Border Guard Force (BGF) are reinforcing their military presence along the Taung Kalay-Kale Tagondaing road through Taung Kalay village in Kyaikmaraw Township, raising concerns among the locals for fierce fighting.

The battle that broke out the day before yesterday claimed four junta soldiers, while the KNLA also lost some comrades, and on September 15, local sources reported hearing the sound of gunfire.

Thousands of local inhabitants were forced to flee in July as a result of fierce fighting between the invaded junta troops and KNLA joint forces in Kale Tagondaing village tract.

News-Than Lwin Times

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