Burma-Myanmar: Locals flee fresh clashes between Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) in Shan State
Nearly 600 locals from Namtu Township, northern Shan State, have been displaced by clashes between the Shan State Army-North (SSA-N) and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA).
Clashes broke out between the SSA-N and the TNLA on May 4 near Man Sa Awng village in Namtu and have since then forced more than 500 residents from several nearby villages, said administrator of Mong Yin village U Tun Hline.
“Villagers from two more villages fled to us [on Sunday]. And we accommodated them at monasteries,” said U Tun Hline.
A total of 583 villagers are taking shelter at monasteries in Mong Yin and Weik Nan villages. Displaced persons are in need of clothing, food and healthcare.
“Locals from Na Pein and Lauk Long have fled out of fear following the clashes in Man Sa Awng,” said U San Thein, the administrator of Weik Nan village.
Two locals from Man Sa Awng village were injured and sent to Lashio Hospital on May 4 after artillery shells fell on the village, he said.
Clashes continued on Sunday in Man Sa Awng village and military tensions remain high in the area, said locals of Mong Yin.