Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Burma-Myanmar: Burmese military overrun Kachin Independence Army (KIA)’s 36th Battalion base


As Burmese military’s unilateral four-month ceasefire period is ending, its troops launched renewed military operations in northern Shan state.

Burmese Army (BA) troops entered into Kachin Independence Army (KIA)’s 36th Battalion area beginning April 18 and the two sides have fought for almost a week.

On April 20, KIA’s 36th Battalion troops and BA’s 99th Light Infantry Division (LID) encountered at Yi Hku Bum in Mungpaw area for two times in a day. BA troops based at Swi Zin Wan and Mai Hpang village reportedly fired several artillery shells on KIA positions while its ground troops marched into KIA bases.

On April 21, Burma Army (BA) troops attacked Shan State Army (SSPP)’s Kai Dwi hill at around 5:50 pm. SSPP troops later had to evacuate their Kai Dwi hill base.

On April 22, BA troops from 99th LID launched an attack on KIA’s 36th Battalion position at Yi Hku Kawng at around 8 am. The two sides fought for about 4 hours.

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