Fierce Battles Rage Between Allied Ethnic Troops and Burmese Army

The armed conflict between Ethnics Armed Organizations based in northern Shan State and Burmese army has escalated since the first week of December.

An unknown Burmese army infantry unit on Saturday fired 50 artillery rounds on a Ta-ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) position at Hpa Ti located near Nam Zalap in Theinni Township, northern Shan State between 8 am to 12:30pm.

A combined force of KIA,TNLA and Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA-Kokang) troops engaged in a battle with an unknown Burmese army unit between Nam Zalap and Na Ti village in Theinni Township on the same day.

Kachin volunteer troops together with MNDAA and TNLA troops fought against a combined force of Burmese army and Mung Paw Militia (Mung Paw Pyi Tu Tsits) near Mung Paw in northern Shan State on Dec 12.

A series of battles took place between allied ethnic troops and Burmese army on Dec 11. An allied force of Kachin volunteers, MNDAA and TNLA troops fought against an unknown Burmese army unit  at a location between Nam Jawn and Nawng Chu in Kun Lung Township on Dec 11 at around 11:30 am.

Both KIA and TNLA sources confirmed that they found the bodies of 12 Burmese army soldiers including a deputy column commander after a battle near Hu Pong village in Tar Mon Ye on Dec 11. 20 government soldiers were reportedly wounded in that battle. Allied ethnic force seized 4 assault rifles from Burmese troops, said a KIA source.

Another 9 Burmese army soldiers died and 3 wounded during a battle near Nam Pa Kyaing in Man Ton Township on the same day. Ethnic sources said a few soldiers were wounded on their side but no confirmed death.

Allied ethnic  troops from KIA, TNLA and MNDAA battled against Burmese army troops from 215th Light Infantry Regiment under 11th Light Infantry Division near Sai Hkau village in Tar Mon Ye between 5 am and 1 pm on Dec 10.

Allied ethnic troops also fought against Burmese army’s 215th LIR troops at a location between Mung Paw and Nam Jawn on Dec 9 at 2:30 pm.

A TNLA source said its troops engaged in a series of clashed against Burmese army troops in Nam San Township, Man Ton Township and Kyauk Me Township beginning the first week of December.

Meanwhile, more Burmese army troops from 213 LIR, 215 LIR, and 217 LIR under 11th LID, and 112nd LIR and 117th LIR under 55th LID arrived in ethnic area in Kutkai Township.  A reinforcement of about  700 Burmese soldiers has added to the existing infantry units in northern Shan State in recent days, said a local source.