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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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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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KNLA and its Allies Recapture Palu, Burma Army Respond with Airstrike and Heavy Artillery

A local KNLA commander spoke to Karen News about the battle to win back the territory from the Burma Army. “We have now regained control of the [Burma Army] hilltop base. It was a strategic target, whoever gets control of the hilltop will take position there and control the area from the high ground. Now we have the position under…

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KNLA Take Burma Army Artillery Positions

On Wednesday, 16th February, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and its allies attacked Burma Army positions in the Palu area, including an artillery launching pad on a hilltop overlooking Palu Lay village. The Burma Army in response launched airstrikes and heavy artillery bombardments into the battle zone. A KNLA Joint Forces Officer, Captain Saw Da Baw, based in the…

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Fighting Forces Displaced Villagers to Abandon Farmlands and Livestock – Burma Army Soldiers Kill and Eat Villagers Chickens, Ducks and Pigs

The Burma Army advanced into Karen National Union controlled areas resulting in fighting with the Karen National Liberation Army. Villagers have been displaced in their tens of thousands as they flee the fighting. Villages are deserted as the Burma Army advances and farmland, crops and livestock left unattended as people look to find safety elsewhere. Displaced villagers in the southern…

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Burma Army Attacks: Displaces 20,000 Villagers and Closes Schools in Kawkariek Township

As many as 20,000 villagers from 27 villages have been displaced in recent Burma Army offensives in Kawkareik Township. Local schools under the administration of the Kawthoolei Education and Culture Department (KECD) have been forced to close and students pushed to take exams early. Saw Gay Doh, the principal of the Pu Yay high school that had to close because…

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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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