Burmese Army Shells Fall Near IDP Camps

Burmese army’s 389th Light Infantry Regiment troops currently stationed at Hka Ya Bum on Sunday fired 6 mortar rounds into civilian area near Laiza at around 4 am. Two shells fell near Je Yang IDP camp where over 8000 IDPs are currently living in makeshift camps. Other shells fell near Ja Htu Kawng village and KIA’s 5th Brigade headquarters. One shell fell in Chinese side of the border.

The same unit fired a 105 mm artillery shell into cadets who were in a training session on Nov 19 killing 23 cadets and wounded 20 others at KIA’s officer training school in Woi Chai Bum.

Further South in Kachin State, Burmese army’s Dumbau Bum-based 387th Light Infantry Battalion troops on Saturday fired several mortar rounds into civilian area near Mai Ja Yang City at around 6 pm. A mortar shell fell near Nhkawng Pa IDP Camp where 1616 IDPs including 594 students from 388 households are currently taking shelter in temporary huts. Three mortar shells fell in Bum Kahtawng village, two other shells fell near Mahtang village and KIA’s Lung Jat Kawng post.

A local aid worker said, “IDPs are living under fear due to the sound of continuous artillery fires”. She said IDPs will suffer the most if fighting escalates again.

Battles continue to rage in some parts of Kachin and northern Shan State between ethnic armies and Burmese army.

Kachin volunteer troops under KIA’s 36th Battalion engaged in a battle with Burmese army’s 567th Light Infantry Regiment (LIR) troops near Hpai Kaung village in Muse Township in northern Shan State on Nov 22 at 5 pm.

Ta-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA)’s 256th Battalion troops fought against Burmese army’s 106th Light Infantry Regiment troops under 77th Light Infantry Division near Pan Sri Village on Nov 22 at 9 am. Two government soldiers died in this battle and four others wounded, said a TNLA source. The two sides encountered again in the afternoon at a location between Ho Lat village and Ho Nam village at around 3 pm.