Air strike in Shwe Kyin kills 1 civilian, forcing displacement of nearly 600 people

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Shwe Kyin, 21 November

After a junta base in the KNU-controlled Shwe Kyin was occupied, the military council responded with artillery fire and airstrikes on the villages, killing one civilian, according to the KNU.

On November 17, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and its allied forces launched attack on Light Infantry Battalion 351 in Shwe Kyin, Nyaunglaybin District, and seized the base 10 minutes later.

Although it was not possible to confirm the casualties of regime forces in seizing the camp, the KNLA joint forces were able to confiscate one grenade launcher, bombs, and ammunition belonging to the military council.

According to a statement from the Burmese People’s Liberation Army (BPLA), which participated in the operation alongside the KNLA, all military council members fled the camp.

After losing the camp, the junta army conducted six airstrikes and artillery shelling, forcing 572 people from Kalaw Thoe Khee, Htee Khay Lawt, Hto Khay Pu villages, and some from adjacent villages, said the statement.

An airstrike by the military regime destroyed three houses in Kyauktan village of KNU’s Shwe Kyin Township and left one woman wounded, said the KNU.

The military council sent reinforcements to the battlefield after the incident and clashed again with KNLA forces near Ye Pyan Chaung village, the statement said.

News-Than Lwin Times

Photo-KNU

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