July 19 2023
According to the local residents, around 30 houses in the Wah Thaw Kho village, the northern part of Than Daung Gyi Township, Karen State were damaged and destroyed due to the aerial bombardment by the military council army.
Starting from July 18, at 9:00 a.m., due to the 3 times bombing with aircraft in Wah Thaw Kho village, a local man said that more than 30 houses were damaged and destroyed and then there was a clash between two sides.
The aircraft hovered for more than 1 hour, from about 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the village. Then there was a lot of exchange of fire and the villagers did not dare to return to the village and until now, the villagers have not stayed home.No one villagers were not harmed. The exchange of fire started from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the battle lasted longer but it is calm today,” he added.
Due to the military council’s air bombardment, shooting into villages with large weapons, and the high tension between the military council army and the KNLA joint forces, more than 2,200 local residents of 4 villages where Yado,Ka Lay Ta, Pare So , Wah Thaw Kho villages, had to flee in the nearby forests, and it has become difficult for them to eat and drink.
“All the villages have been avoiding the war for about a week now. It started last Tuesday, and the villagers have already stayed away from everything. There are also difficulties with food, shelter, and medicine, and there is also a woman giving birth among these tough situations,” he added.
In addition, since these battles are happening almost every day, the military council is expanding its military forces, and the fighting situation between the two sides may become more intense later on, said Thaw Thi Kho’s information officer.
The intense fighting between the KNLA joint forces and the military council forces is not only in Than Daung Gyi, but also in Myawaddy Township, Kawkareik Township, Konedoe Township, Kyar Inn Seik Gyi Township, and Hpapun Township, the two sides are also fighting fiercely.
News – Naw Phu Phu
Phar Si Than (People’s Radio Myanmar