The month’s first two clashes were fought between the Shan State Army (SSA) South and the Burma Army columns that have, since last month, increased their “territorial clearance and “territorial control” operations, according to the SSA commander Col Kherh Ngeun.
“We had instructed our units to avoid confrontation since last month,” he said. “But it only seems to have encouraged the BurmaArmy to increase its movements in our operational areas.”
The two clashes, one on 25 November and the other on 26 November, took place near the Pawn river in Mongkeung township, Loilem district. Three infantry battalions: 33, 94 and 510 suffered some casualties, though the exact number is yet to be known.
“Our troops got away without a scratch at least on the first day,” he said. “No details have been coming on the second clash yet.”