Sunday, November 17, 2013

Burma-Myanmar: Army troops surround Namlim Pa IDP camp and school, clashes with Kachin Independence Army (KIA) fighters


Burmese army soldiers entered Namlim Pa, a village of about 2300 residents that include IDPs and school children, by firing gunshots on Nov 16 at about 4:30 pm, reported a local source. The soldiers then surrounded Namlim Pa IDP Camp and a school located inside the village. About 700 school children and 34 teachers are among the residents being surrounded by Burmese army soldiers.

Namlim Pa village originally had a total population of about 700. About 1000 IDPs from surrounding villages in Mansi Township arrived in Namlim Pa after renewed battles began in KIA’s 12th and 27th Battalion areas in mid-October. The latest round of military clashes led to the rise in the number of IDP population to about 1500.

An earlier report from KIA sources said they were still monitoring the situation and had not yet opened fire in fear of many IDPs being trapped in crossfire. But a latest report said fighting has begun early today between the two sides at about 7 am.

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