The military barraged the Wan Hai village headquarters of the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) shortly after midnight on Thursday, with more locals fleeing the area overnight.
No casualties were reported, but a house and car were damaged during the mortar bombardment, according to SSA-N spokesman Lt-Col Sai La.
“Yesterday, we managed to reclaim an important stronghold,” he told The Irrawaddy, referring to SSA-N efforts on Wednesday to capture the nearby Kong Lin hill. “Perhaps because (the military) are angry with that, they attacked us at midnight with mortar fire. They fired eight shells and a house in the village center was hit, while the rest fell into farms.”
Sai La said his forces had sent a letter to Dr Sai Mauk Kham, chairman of the government’s Union Peacemaking Working Committee, asking him to intervene to end the conflict. The SSA-N has yet to receive a response, and Sai La said he was concerned that clashes that began at the beginning of October would escalate further.