Monday, July 24, 2017

Civilians injured amid fresh clashes

Four civilians have been injured in Homein village, Namhsan township, as fresh clashes have erupted in the area.

“Four civilians were injured because of firing the heavy weapons in Homein village. They are still in receiving treatment in the village,’ said Namhsan township administrator U Win Kyaw.

Ta’ang National Liberation Army spokesperson Colonel Mong Aik Kyaw echoed claims about heavy weapons.

“On October 30, our troops weren’t in Homein Village. We got information that two villagers, a girl and a boy, were injured,” he said.

Between October 29 and November 3, around 15 clashes took place between the Tatmadaw and the TNLA, he said.

“Locals said they hear heavy weapons firing every day. Fighting happens between Namhsan and Momeik/Mong Mit,’’ said Mong Ye Kyaw Thu, an National League for Democracy representative from Namhsan.

Civilians have reportedly been unable to leave their villages, amid a security clampdown in the area.

“I heard that Homein villagers are still trapped in the village. The military also stay there and they don’t let villagers go,” said NLD Namsan MP Daw Khin Myint Swe.

U Win Kyaw confirmed the village was under lockdown, with Tatmadaw troops staying in village. He said TNLA troops are in the area, in the mountainous region that skirts the village. There are around 250 households in Homein village, with a population of over 1300.

The Myanmar Times made several unsuccessful attempts to contact military spokesperson General Soe Naing Oo yesterday.