Battles Continue Unabated Across Kachin Region

Beginning at around 3:40 p.m. on December 27 in KIA’s 14th Battalion territory in western Kachin state, Burmese army fighter jets launched two separate aerial assaults in areas surrounding Oi Law village and Lapu Hka gold mines.

Meanwhile, Burmese army troops which have set up the military camp at the village elementary school south of Mung Hkawm fired over 100 heavy artillery rounds towards Oi Law village. Following heavy mortar bombardment at around 6:00 p.m., KIA troops engaged Burmese army troops who were advancing towards KIA positions, a frontline source reported.

On the same day between 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m in areas surrounding Loi Jawm Bum, KIA’s 27th Battalion headquarters under 3rd Brigade in Mansi Township, fierce fightings broke out when waves of Burmese army troops attempted to overrun KIA positions.

The next day on December 28 at around 1:30 p.m. in Oi Law village and Lapu Hka gold mine areas, deadly clashes resumed between KIA’s 14th Battalion and Burmese army troops.

Meanwhile in KIA’s 11th Battalion territory beginning at around 6:00 a.m. on December 28, its troops reportedly engaged combined Burmese army forces belonging to 252nd and 256th Light Infantry Battalions (LID).

Again on December 28 at around 2:00 p.m., the Kaihtik-based Burmese army troops active in KIA’s 1st Battalion territory under 3rd Brigade reportedly provoked KIA’s 27th Battalion troops firing three 120mm rounds towards Chyam, Pung Ling and Nam Hka areas in Mansi Township. It is learned that the KIA troops retaliated by firing back two 120mm rounds.

The same day on December 28 at around 2:45 p.m. along Loi Jau Bum-Man Dat route, fightings reportedly broke out between KIA’s 27th Battalion troops and the advancing Jawm Dang Bum-based Burmese army troops. Simultaneously, Burmese army troops taking positions at Man Dat, Marit Hkyet, Dung Hkum Bum, Sau Ram and Hpak Mung supported their frontline troops firing several heavy artillery rounds. The battle resumed at around 5:00 p.m. when Hkle Hkyet, Hka Kan- based Burmese army troops came to aid their counterparts as reinforcements, according to a frontline source.