Burma-Myanmar: Soldiers burn homes in Sagaing after ambushes by Pale People’s Defence Force (PDF) resistance fighters
Soldiers have set fire to houses in two villages in Sagaing Region’s Pale Township in recent days after junta forces suffered heavy losses during several ambushes in the area, resistance fighters have said.
Thurein, who identified himself as a battalion commander from the Pale People’s Defence Force (PDF), said troops have been stationed at Yaynan Mhaw village since Monday and that they torched five houses in the village from 11am Tuesday.
“The fire’s still burning as we speak,” he told Myanmar Now on Tuesday morning. “They torched the village on purpose. They actually started firing shots randomly at dawn. The fire has been burning for 30 minutes now. We can see the flames as well.”
He added that soldiers set fire to around 15 houses in Khin Aye village, in the northern part of Pale, on Monday. “We can’t get detailed information yet because the military is stationed there,” he said.