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International Karen Seminar Unveils 5-Point Action Plan Thai- Myanmar Border

The establishment of a Karen political system led by representatives elected by the Karen people, and the development of a high-quality Karen military force under a unified command were among the five action plans. “The delegates at the seminar shared the aspiration for a leader elected by the Karen people. The Karen revolutionary movement is currently in a transition phase,…

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Over 50 Civilians Dead in Five Months of Junta Violence in KNU 3rd Brigade Area

KNU officials commented that Shewgyin (Sawhti), Kyaukkyi, and Mone townships are experiencing many casualties due to the Junta’s airstrikes, artillery shelling, and arbitrary arrests of civilians almost daily. “53 civilians were killed and 154 injured due to the Junta’s airstrikes and shelling, including 22 women among the dead and 68 among the injured. The Junta carried out artillery fire almost…

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KNLA Captures Military Base After Nearly Three Decades of Junta Control

KNLA-led joint forces attacked the base, where 50 troops were firmly deployed, for almost two months. Eventually, the base fell to KNLA, with every last Junta soldier killed, according to KNU’s Myeik-Dawei District Secretary Padoh Saw Eh Nar. “We have captured the entire base and seized various weapons, including 120 mm artillery, though the exact list is not yet confirmed.…

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War-Displaced Population in Tanintharyi Region Soars to Nearly 60,000

In May, the military conflict escalated as resistance forces intensified efforts to seize the Junta’s bases and military installations in Tanintharyi, resulting in the number of war-displaced people in the region rising.. “Last month, resistance forces seized three Junta bases. Following clashes in Thayetchaung and Bokepyin, Junta troops moved into nearby villages in their bid to reclaim lost camps, leading…

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War in Karen State Has Led to Halt in Trade and Alarming Food Shortages in Kawkareik

Due to military conflict the main road to Kawkareik has been blocked, preventing the import of goods and causing locals to experience shortages of food and other essentials during the current rainy season, an owner of a convenience store in the southern part of Kawkareik reported. Traffic on the Kawkareik-Myawaddy (Asia) Road, crucial for regional trade, has come to a…

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Intense Battle with Junta over control of the Ye-Dawei Road

The commander of the Dawna Column Saw Dah Ko, informed the KIC that, “The Junta’s attempted offensive to retake the Union Road section section had resulted in fierce clashes, but we are determined to hold onto that area, hence the ongoing fighting.” Certain local ethnic armed organizations (EAOs/ militias )allied with the Junta, are offering support to the advancing Junta…

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Cyber Scam Casino Nexus Breeds Prostitution in Myawaddy

Chinese tycoons, owners of casinos and Zhapian enterprises in the region, often utilize traffickers to recruit women from Myawaddy and other areas of the country for sexual services, enticed by the profitable rewards of the prostitution industry, resulting in a significant number of women, primarily over the age of 20, choosing to enter this profession in Myawaddy. “I know some…

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Five Junta Camps from KNU 5th Brigade Territory Withdrawn in One Month

The Mutraw newsletter disclosed that Junta troops stationed at Kyaukhnyat-Walu, Tarbukyo, and Panghaik-Kahikyo camps, home to the 434th Light Infantry Battalion, along with the Laetoe camp of the 19th Light Infantry Battalion and the Nattaung-Mawphokyo camp of the 341st Light Infantry Battalion, have been withdrawn. These troops have regrouped at the Khawpote base. Throughout May, Mutraw District witnessed a total…

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Refugee Resettlement Programme from Thailand-Myanmar Border to Third Countries to Restart

Having completed the population verification process of the refugees at the border, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Thai authorities will begin relocating residents of the Ban Don Yang and Tham Hin refugee camps to third countries starting in June, according to KRC Secretary Saw Pwe Say. “Some have been interviewed for the first time, while others…

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Junta and Karen BGF Resume Joint Operations in Myawaddy

The Junta plans to merge its troops from Operation Aung Zay Ya with BGF members stationed in Kyondoe, Kawakarei, and Myawaddy, aiming to launch an offensive against allied resistance forces led by the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the source said. “Bo Myat Hlaing’s Kyondoe BGF and Maung Win Aung’s BGF factions accompanied Junta troops to Chaungphya, Kyoanbine, and Naungtapwe.…

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