Hpa-an, 25 November
The military council has tightened security and conducted more inspections in Karen State’s Hpa-an amid fighting across the country, said locals.
Fighting has been going on between the regime troops and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) in Kawkayeik and Kyainseikkyi Townships of Karen State.
The military council is concerned that the fighting will spread to Hpa-an, so it strengthened its forces at the town’s entrances and exits and is conducting a thorough search and inspection of pedestrians.
Residents say the military council is checking people’s phones, motorcycles, and bags as they enter the twon, arresting and investigating suspects.
A large number of forces have also been deployed around the government office, parliament, and departmental offices, as well as the military council’s Division 22 in Hpa-an, in preparation for military action.
According to a traveler, the military also conducts strict interrogations at the Than Lwin Bridge checkpoints on the Myawaddy-Hpa an-Yangon highway, which is the main route of border trade.
No clashes have been reported between the junta army and the KNLA in Hpa-an, which is located in the territory of the 7th Brigade of the KNU-administered area, Hpa-an District.
News-Than Lwin Times
Photo- Military council’s propaganda channel