Kachin Independence Army soldiers at the frontline (Photo: Zen Myat/Karen News)

New Burma Army Offensives across Kachin and Shan States, Civilian Casualties

Reports are emerging of a series of small scale attacks by Burma Army forces against Kachin Independence Army positions throughout Kachin State, and on the Shan-Kachin State border.

Free Burma Rangers, a frontline humanitarian aid agency, has reported that the attacks have led to “several” civilian casualties including a 60-year-old woman, killed and a 7-year-old girl, badly injured by gunfire.

A Kachin Independence Army official speaking to FBR reported that KIA forces had suffered six casualties in the intense fighting between 17th and 18th of April.

Images provided by FBR showed a village damaged by artillery fire.

The latest attacks reported by FBR began on the 8th of April at around 9am with Burma Army forces attacking a KIA post with mortars and small arms fire. Armed clashes in different areas of Kachin State spread to other areas and intensified from the 17th to the 24th of April.

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