Kawlin, 14 November
The National Unity Government (NUG) told Than Lwin Times that administrative mechanisms have been implemented in Sagaing Region’s Kawlin and Khampat towns, which were seized by the revolutionary forces.
On November 3, Kawlin was besieged by armed resistance forces and was completely under control by November 6.
On the same day, the armed resistance forces launched an operation in Khampat town on the Kalay-Tamu-Asia Highway in Tamu Township and captured it on November 7.
According to U Kyaw Zaw, spokesman for NUG’s presidential office, “Khampat has begun implementation for administration and rule of law like Kawlin. Furthermore, we are systematically implementing interim local administration mechanisms in occupied areas so that business and trade can continue as usual for the public.”
However, he didn’t comment on whether local civilians have returned to Kawlin and Khampet, which are controlled by the NUG.
While the military council was attempting to retake Kawlin, they were intercepted by revolutionary forces and forced to retreat with heavy losses, said U Kyaw Zaw.
According to a statement issued by the Kawlin Revolution-KR on November 7, people are not permitted to return to the town and are under the protection of local and people’s defense forces.
In addition, the administrative body is also taking care of nearly 50,000 IDPs who are in need of fuel, cooking oil, medicine, blankets and basic food items.
At 5:00 a.m. on November 11, a column of around 100 soldiers marching from Wuntho to Kawlin engaged in a fight with Battalions 1 and 2 of Kawlin District and local defense forces near the Innbokekon village golf course.
Meanwhile, the revolutionary forces on 12 November reported an attack on a regime outpost on Moekaung Hill in Wuntho, killing five junta soldiers and two resistance fighters.
The military council’s LIB 120 in Wuntho used a howitzer to shoot at Hlwe Mauk village around 1:30 pm on 12 November, killing one civilian and injuring at least five others.
The joint revolutionary forces are clearing the area in order to establish administrative mechanism in Khampat, but some people are still fleeing due to airstrikes by the military council.
News- Than Lwin Times
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