Civilian Homes Torched by Burmese Army, Battles Continue Unabated

In southwestern Kachin State approximately at 9:50 a.m. on January 17, Burmese army troops reportedly fired several MG-42 and two 60 mm rounds from their Masen Kawng base towards Lawa Yang outpost manned by KIA’s 23rd Battalion troops under 5th Brigade, a KLN frontline source reported.

All day on January 17, Burmese army artillery units based at Nam Lim Pa, Maji Gung Kaji and Man Dat incessantly pounded the headquarters of KIA’s 12th Battalion troops under 5th Brigade. A pair of Burmese army fighter jets reportedly conducted aerial assaults approximately at 3:30 p.m., and again at 3:40 p.m. following the heavy artillery fire.

On the same day in northern Shan State in KIA’s 4th Brigade area, its 8th Battalion troops fought an unknown Burmese army unit advancing towards Man Ping Bum at around 7:00 a.m.

Similarly in Mung Baw and Nam Da in KIA’s 6th Brigade area, its 36th Battalion troops reportedly engaged Burmese army combined forces belonging to 11th and 99 Light Infantry Regiments.

On January 16, Burmese army troops belonging to 99th Light Infantry Regiment reportedly burned down three houses in Mung Gu Man Pin village. The following day, the same troops continued torching remaining civilian homes, sources from the village reported KLN.