Kyainseikgyi, 22 September

Junta shelling killed a civilian and destroyed nearly 50 houses in Kale Tagondaing village in Karen State’s Kyainseikgyi Township, according to KNU-Dooplaya District.

The junta army and members of Border Guard Forces (BGF), which marched to reinforce the Kale Taongdaing Police Station and control the area, clashed with the KNLA joint forces on September 14, with the junta using heavy weapons and aerial assaults.

Nearly 50 houses were destroyed in the junta’s indiscriminate shelling in Kale Tagondaing village, and one resident was also killed by shrapnel, according to the statement.

In addition, the regime troops are stationed in the villages, destroying public houses, rummaging through the things in the houses, and taking away valuables, according to the statement.

The junta troops arrived at the Kale Tagondaing police station on September 18, firing with heavy weapons and small arms into the nearby villages.

After the massive junta army entered Kale Tagondaing village, fierce fighting broke out, forcing more than 10,000 local people to flee, and they are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance such as food and medicine.

According to locals, both sides incurred fatalities in the Kale Tagondaing conflict, and while the fighting appears to have abated, the troops remain in the villages, thus the displaced people have not dared to return to their homes.

News-Than Lwin Times


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