More than 200 vil­lagers dis­placed in new clashes

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More than 200 vil­lagers in Lashio town­ship in Shan State have been dis­placed by re­newed clashes be­tween two armed eth­nic groups.

MORE than 200 vil­lagers on the out­skirts of Lashio town fled their homes last week as fight­ing con­tin­ued be­tween two armed eth­nic groups in north­ern Shan State, a lo­cal vil­lage of­fi­cial said.

The peo­ple who fled Pan Sok and Pan Kwet vil­lages are now stay­ing at a monastery in Mansan vil­lage to es­cape fight­ing be­tween the Restora­tion Coun­cil of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA) and the Ta’ang Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion Army (TNLA) that started late last week.

Among the refugees were 10 preg­nant women, 21 in­fants, chil­dren un­der the age of five, and the el­derly.

Mansan is about 30 miles from Lashio and about five miles from Pan Sok.

U Than Aung, ad­min­is­tra­tor of Pan Sok, said fight­ing in the area has been go­ing on for over a year. At first it was be­tween the Tat­madaw (mil­i­tary) and a com­bined force of the RCSS/SSA and TNLA, but now it is be­tween the two armed eth­nic groups.

“We fled for one-and-a-half months in March, it re-started in July, and now bombs are fall­ing on the vil­lage. We could not stay,” he said.

Nan Say from Pan Kwet said they had to aban­don their fields when they fled.

“We’ve fled twice. We couldn’t take any­thing but our chil­dren,” Nan Say said.

Tar Aik Kyaw, in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer of the TNLA, said the group has been in at least 80 clashes with the RCSS/ SSA over ter­ri­tory this year. – Myat Moe Thu

Photo: Myat Moe Thu

Refugees rest at a tem­po­rary shel­ter in Mansan vil­lage.

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