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Military Council Responds to Loss of its Army Base with Multiple Airstrikes

The camp is strategically located in the Karen National Union’s Brigade 5, Mutraw (Hpa-pun) District. The military council sent jet fighters to run at least 10 bombing missions over Day Bu Noh and Thay Ka Hta villages, Lu Thaw Township, Mutraw District. KNU reported village houses were damaged, but fortunately there were no casualties. The overrun of its strategic base,…

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Burma Army’s Militia, the Border Guard, Forcibly Detained 100 Civilians – Villagers Now Fear Forced Conscription or Use as Military Porters

The villagers from the KNU, Thaton District, Brigade 1, west of the Salween River in Hpa-an Township, were captured on May 1, 2022, by militia from BGF, battalion 1014, for no apparent reason, according to local villagers. A Pay Pin Sate villager who witnessed the event, confirmed to Karen News that around 50 members of BGF battalion 1014 came with…

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Daily Life Disrupted as Fighting Escalates – Villagers Resort to Catching Wild Crickets to Supplement Earnings

The cricket season is short, from April to May and villages from Kyate, Kwin Kalay, Paing Kalan Don, and Mi Ka Tho’ in Kyarinnseikgyi Township, hunt crickets to sell to buyers at Kawkareik town’s market to earn money to support their livelihood. According to the insect hunters, the crickets are caught in their natural habitats in the fields around the…

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Burma Army Used Swedish-Made Shells When Attacking Karen Joint Forces

The Karen National Liberation Army joint forces fighting in the area confirmed the Burma Army used MA14-84mm, Carl Gustav Carl Gustav recoilless artillery shells on the night of April 14 in the Lay Kay Kaw area under the control of the Karen National Union (KNU) Brigade 6. The KNLA sources said more than 100 Burma Army troops formed themselves into…

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Karen Displaced Communities Unable to Farm, Struggle for Their Survival as Burma Army Attacks Intensifies

Since the military coup on 1st February 2021, fighting between Burma Army soldiers and its opposition has broken out across the country, including in Karen State. Regions that have seen some of the most intense fighting are those under the control of the Karen National Union (KNU), a 70-year-long conflict that was quiet before the coup, but has since escalated…

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Teenage Girl Killed and Three Others Villagers Seriously Wounded by Burma Army Shelling of Civilian Areas

Villagers confirmed to Karen News a 17-year-old girl was killed while three others villagers were seriously injured by Burma Army artillery at around 5am on Thursday. The artillery shells also damage a number of villagers’ houses. Following fighting between the local Karen National Liberation Army combined forces and the Burma Army near Htee Mu Hta Village, the Burma Army deliberately…

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Burma Army Offensive Attacks in Central Karen State Displaces Another 10,000 Villagers – Total Displaced Now Estimated at 144,000

The Burma Army incursions into territory under the control of the KNU resulted in combat with the Karen National Liberation Army. The Burma Army’s operations began in late 2021 causing local villagers to flee. In early 2022, the Burma Army used airstrikes and ground artillery to displace over 20,000 villagers from the southern Myawaddy areas and from the southern Kawkareik…

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Kyarinnseikgyi Teacher Opposed to Coup, Sentenced to 17 Years-in Jail with Hard Labor

Maung Hein Htet Aung, a primary school teacher, who taught at Khok Khwar Village’s Primary School in Kyarinnseikgyi Township, Karen State was sentenced for his involvement with the anti-coup movement. The authorities filed a lawsuit against Maung Hein Htet Aung on three charges and he was sentenced on 9 March 2022 at Hpa-an District Court. Friends of Maung Hein Htet…

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Angry Families Quarrel with Senior Burma Army Officers Over Mis-information Frontline Soldiers Killed in Battle were ‘Missing’ Not Dead

The fighting between the Karen National Liberation Army and Burma Army soldiers from Infantry Battalion 97 took place at Mae Tru Lo village when Burma Army soldiers were returning from collecting food and military supplies from Mae Wai in Mutraw (Papun) district, Karen State. Mutraw news sources said the fighting lasted around six hours, left three military personnel killed and…

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Karen State’s Unreliable Power Supply Forces Firewood, Charcoal, and Candle Prices to Skyrocket – Garment Factories Owners Expect Huge Losses and Cancelled Orders

A resident of Kyondoe Town in Kawkreik Township told Karen News the increasing price of firewood, charcoal, and candles in Karen State has put a huge financial burden on local people. Some households are unable to afford to buy these essential household items. The country’s electricity distribution has been reduced with frequent outages, forcing people to use firewood and charcoal…

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