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Junta troops kill 5, torch a whole lot of houses in Kachin state village — Radio Free Asia

Junta troops killed 5 civilians and torched as many as 400 houses over three days of air raids, heavy artillery hearth and fierce clashes with a joint power of ethnic rebels and pro-democracy paramilitaries in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state, residents stated Wednesday.

4 of the victims have been killed on Tuesday when navy jets flew the primary of eight bombing runs over Se Zin village within the jade mining township of Hpakant, killing a toddler, stated a resident, who spoke on situation of anonymity, citing safety considerations.

“The final airplane bombed at about 8:00 p.m. after which they fired on the village with machine weapons and 60-mm heavy weapons,” he instructed RFA Burmese.

“The kid died on the spot when his home was hit by the shelling. One girl needed to have her leg amputated. And this morning, about 6:00 a.m., a household was shot at whereas making an attempt to go away on a bike. The husband and spouse and their son [all died].”

The fifth sufferer, a person in his 40s, died on Monday when a shell fell on his home throughout heavy combating close to the village, the resident stated.

He instructed RFA that there might have been further casualties within the village, however stated they hadn’t been confirmed.

The raid adopted a Monday assault by a mixed column of ethnic Kachin Independence Military (KIA) and anti-junta Folks’s Protection Drive (PDF) paramilitaries that led to the seize of a navy camp in Se Zin village and a pro-military Shanni Nationwide Military (SNA) camp situated throughout the river in Shwepyi Myint village in Sagaing area’s Homalin township. The joint power additionally attacked the Se Zin Village Police Station on Tuesday.

RFA was unable to substantiate the variety of casualties within the clashes.

One other Se Zin resident, who additionally didn’t need to be named, stated a whole lot of houses within the village have been destroyed in a fireplace set by junta troops.

“There are about 500 homes in the entire village and 300 or 400 have been turned to ash,” he stated.

“The fires have been set by the navy and the Shanni forces. They did it intentionally. They even set hearth to homes that have been left undestroyed [in the bombing].”

Se Zin is a busy village surrounded by personal gold mines in Hpakant’s Hawng Par village tract.

The combating pressured greater than 3,000 residents of Se Zin to flee to the township’s Tar Ma Hkan village, about an hour away by bike, the place they’re sheltering in faculties, church buildings and monasteries, the resident stated.

He stated the refugees had fled with solely the shirts on their backs and are in want of emergency meals, clothes and medication.

Different residents of Hpakant instructed RFA that among the villagers stay trapped in Se Zin, the place the navy has arrange a camp.

File photo of houses in Se Zin village, Hpakant township, Kachin State. Credit: Citizen journalist
File photograph of homes in Se Zin village, Hpakant township, Kachin State. Credit score: Citizen journalist

The ‘normal response’

Talking to RFA on Wednesday, Social Affairs Minister Win Ye Tun, who serves because the junta’s spokesperson in Kachin state, stated the main points of the state of affairs in Se Zin village are “not but identified,” however stated the navy is “prepared to assist” those that have fled their houses.

“We’ve contingency plans for individuals who have to go away their houses due to combating,” he stated.

“I have never acquired any information but in regards to the fires or the clashes. I’m the minister of social affairs, so studies in regards to the combating don’t come to me.”

Col. Naw Bu, the information and data officer for the ethnic Kachin Independence Group (KIO), stated it has develop into “routine” for the navy to burn the houses of residents each time there’s a conflict.

“Final evening, there was an assault on the police station in Se Zin village and that is the standard response of the [junta],” he stated.

“When there’s a battle with their adversaries, whether or not it’s close to a village or their camp, or within the village, they received’t hesitate to kill folks or torch homes.”

Naw Bu confirmed that there had been three consecutive days of heavy combating in Se Zin village starting on Monday and that the navy had “launched aerial assaults all day” on Tuesday.

The raid on Se Zin comes lower than a month after a few week of clashes starting on July 16 between the navy and the armed opposition in and across the village.

Hpakant is among the most closely militarized townships in Kachin state. The navy lower off cellular web entry to the realm on Aug. 20 final yr.

Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.



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