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Stop Military Regime’s Bombing of Villages – Ethnic Armed Groups Call for Immediate Protection – No-Fly Zones and Safe Zones to Protect Civilians

The statement issued on January 20, by Karen, Karenni, and Chin Ethnic Armed Organizations (EAOs) demanded international governments, ASEAN and UN establish safe zones for the protection of civilians and to declare military no-fly zones in Burma where the military has ordered airstrikes and artillery shelling targeting civilian areas. In response to the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy’s proposal to send…

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The Symbolic Peace Town – Lay Kay Kaw – Now a Battle Ground, as Burma Army Bombs and Loots

By Tha Dah Soe In the wild grassland on the banks of the Moei River, that separates Thailand from Burma, clusters of small makeshift huts with plastic sheet roofing huddle under the shade of bamboo groves or tall bushes. Pick-up trucks, tractor-trucks and motorbikes are covered in dust and now parked idle in the harvested corn fields near the temporary…

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Burma Army Planning Large Scale Offensive Against Combined Karen Forces – Displaced People Fear Forced Return from Thailand

In a recent meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Burma, Noeleen Heyzer, on January 17, 2022, media reported Thailand’s Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, said displaced villagers would be able to return to their country on a voluntary basis. The recent fighting in Lay Kay Kaw areas south of Myawaddy Town resulted in more than 10,000 villagers…

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1,000 Villagers Flee Their Homes As Fighting Breaks out on the Kawkariek-Myawaddy Asia-Highway

The fighting took place in the mountains between Kawkariek and Myawaddy near a Karen National Union controlled area. At least nine Burma Army soldiers, including a battalion commander and a company commander were killed and 13 others wounded in the fighting, according to sources from the local KNLA. A KNLA officer spoke to Karen News about the fighting. “Our troops…

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KNU Slams Military Council’s Excessive Force Against Unarmed Lay Kay Kaw Villagers – Calls for Urgent UN Security Council Intervention

The KNU statement was released following Burma Army shelling of villages that has now displaced an estimated 10,000 civilians this week. The KNU said the recent fighting that took place on 15th December was a result of its self-defense against “Myanmar military council’s arrest of individuals temporarily sheltering at Lay Kay Kaw, destruction of their homes, and deployment of military…

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Lay Kay Kaw Fighting Displaces More Than 4,000 Villagers – As Fighting Intensifies, Thousands More Prepare to Flee

Local community organizations, responding to the emergency needs of the displaced people, estimate 2,000 residents from Lay Kaw Kaw and another 2,000 villagers from nearby villages such as Htee Meh Wah Khee, Yathit Gu, P’Hee Klaw, Maw Toh Talay fled their homes to seek safety. A community worker, helping the displaced villagers, told Karen News. “The fighting in the Lay…

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Fighting Breaks Out at Lay Kay Kaw Village Following Burma Army Raid and Arrests of NLD MP

The fighting followed a Burma Army raid on Lay Kay Kaw village that is under the control of the Karen National Union. The Burma Army 560 Light Infantry Brigade led the raid and kidnapped a number of people, including an elected National League for Democracy, Member of Parliament. On Monday three Burma Army columns entered the areas from different directions…

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Fighting Increases in Northern Karen State – “Burma Army 32 Dead and 56 Wounded…”

The Karen National Union Mutraw district office recorded that from the beginning of November, a total of 32 Burma Army soldiers, including a battalion commander and a company commander were killed and 56 wounded in the fighting – the KNLA reported zero casualties. The increased fighting has local villagers worried they will be displaced by the fighting. The villagers’ concerns…

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Northern Karen State: Burma Army Increase its Troops and Begins Shelling Villages

A KNU source confirmed to Karen News the Burma Army has begun to fire heavy artillery into civilian areas. The KNU source said Burma Army troops sent to Hpapun-Kamamong area are from the Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 404 and LIB (406) that come under the Military Operations Command #8. The 5th Brigade, Karen National Liberation Army spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Saw…

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Burma Army Soldiers Take Up Positions in Karen Homes and Monasteries – Villagers Security Shattered

Villagers from Kyate (Kli) village are fearful for their security now Burma Army soldiers have taken up positions in their homes, underneath houses and at the local monastery. Villagers told Karen News, Burma Army and its militia, the Border Guard Force (BGF) returned to Kyate (Kli) village after abandoning their camp on August 21, after it had been destroyed by…

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