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Chin Villagers Fleeing from the Burma Army Jet Attacks

FBR said despite COVID-19 pandemic the jets opened fire on villages. “The escalating conflict between the Arakan Army and Burma Army has been disastrous on local populations as civilians are caught in the crossfire. On March 15, the Burma Army dropped bombs into Wohma Village, Chin State, killing nine people and wounding 12 people.” FBR cite a report by the…

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Burma Army Shells Karen Villages – Civilians Wounded

The Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion #410 under the Military Operation Command #8 was fighting with a Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) unit near Wah Klo Htar and Maw Law Klo villages in LuThaw Township, Mutraw District. A villager who witnessed the shelling told Karen News that the two injured people had to be rushed to hospital. “The Burma Army…

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Burma Army Attacks, Displaces 300 Karen Villagers as Suu Kyi Tours Karen State

Fighting between Burma Army and Karen soldiers in northern Karen State forced hundreds of villagers from their home into jungle hideouts while the State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is touring Karen State. Ceasefire violations by Burma Army had caused tensions with Karen National Liberation Army soldiers in its 5th Brigade area in Mutraw [Papun] district in the northern Karen…

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The New Year Starts With Armed Conflict Between Karen and Burma Armies in Northern Karen State

Armed clashes in January 2019 between troops from the Karen National Liberation Army and Burma Army soldiers in Northern Papun District of Karen State. KNLA sources reported that two armed skirmishes happened on January 5 and 13 in the Karen National Union’s controlled Papun (Mutraw) area between the KNLA Brigade 5 and Burma Army units operating in the area. Major…

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Skirmishes Between Burma Army and KNLA Increase in Northern Karen State

Skirmishes between the government troop and the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) have occurred more frequently in recent weeks in Mu Traw (Hpapun) District, Northern Karen State, according to sources from local KNLA officers. The latest skirmishes have broken out between the Burma army and the KNLA in its Brigade 5 area in the Northern Karen State, Major Saw Kler…

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Over 200 IDPs Arrive in Myaing Gyi Ngu after KNLA, Tatmadaw Clashed

Over 200 local residents fled to Myaing Gyi Ngu Camp on August 29 after clashes resumed between the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5 and the Tatmadaw in Hpapun Township on August 28. “Only [the residents] of Kan Nyi Naung Village arrived yesterday. I heard that the residents of nearby villages have also fled. They haven’t arrived here yet.…

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Skirmish breaks out in KNU Brigade 5 area amid 21st Century Panglong Conference

A skirmish erupted between the Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU) in the area controlled by the KNU Brigade 5 in Hpapun (Mu Traw) District in the Karen State on July 12 while the third session of the Union Peace Conference (21st Century Panglong) is being held in Naypyidaw. The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 5 commander Brig…

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Australian Karen Community Urge Foreign Minister to Pressure Suu Kyi and Burma’s Military to Stop Rights Violations

The Australian Karen Organisation wrote to Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop to ask her to use her position to pressure Burma’s government and its Army to immediately withdraw its soldiers from ethnic regions. The AKO explained in its letter to Ms Bishop, that “despite the efforts of the International Community to endorse genuine peace, the Burmese Military have increased their…

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Burma Army Kills Karen Aid Worker

Local Karen community based groups confirmed that an aid worker who was helping displaced villagers in the area was shot and killed by a Burma Army soldier on April 5th. The aid worker was named as Saw O Moo, a villager from Ler Mu Plaw and he is survived by his wife Naw Paw Tha and seven young children. The…

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Meeting on Hpapun Incident Postponed in Kyaukkyi

The meeting between the Tatmadaw and the Karen National Union (KNU) in Kyaukkyi Township, Bago Region has been postponed although it was slated for March 29-30, according to the Union-level Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC-U)’s secretary (2) Col Wunna Aung. “We will only know the date after making negotiations. The important thing is for [the KNU] Brigade 5 to attend the…

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