October 4th, 2023
In Karen State, according to residents of Kawkareik, three locals’ homes were damaged and one local was injured due to heavy weapons fired by the military council army in An Hpa Gyi village of Kawkareik Township.
The infantry regiment (97) in Kawkareik and Hlaing Wa Artillery Hill are shooting blindly with heavy weapons every day, at the villages around Kawkareik such as Kawnwe and Kamaing Kone, An Hpa Gyi Village, and Asia Road without any fighting between the two sides.
Furthermore, three houses in An Hpa Gyi village were damaged and a 56-year-old woman, Daw Mae Tin, was injured by heavy weapons fired by the Military Council Army’s 97th infantry regiment at around 8:15 p.m. last October 3rd, according to Kawkareik residents.
“The heavy weapon is being fired every night. The Infantry Regiment 97 was shooting starting at 8 p.m. Three fell in the village of An Hpa Gyi, one dropped on Daw Mae Tin’s house and hit her stomach and fortunately, slightly injured and no need to worry,” said a resident of Kawkareik Township.
In addition, a KNLA source said that the military situation between the military council army and the KNLA joint forces in the vicinity of Kawkareik town is tense, and the military council army is continuously conducting patrols on Kawnwe village and the side of the Asia road.
Due to this situation, the KNLA forces are in a ready position. “The operational situation is that these guys from the military council side are also preparing to advance. The big weapon is being fired every day. Right now, they are ready in front of us,” he said.
Currently, the Military Council troops are firing heavy weapons around the town of Kawkareik, and they are stationed in the village of Taung Kyar Inn village, and there are frequent clashes with the KNLA joint forces.
According to the press release of Duplaya District, more than 20 residents were injured and more than 15 houses were damaged due to the heavy weapons fired by the Military Council in Kawkareik Township of the Karen State during August and September.
News – Ko Phyo Photo: Dooplaya District Phar Si Than (People’s Radio Myanmar)