Army Launches 100 Airstrikes In Karenni State In May


By Philip Myat Aung/Kantarawaddy Times

The military regime flew 100 airstrikes in Karenni State in the month of May alone, setting a new record during its war against resistance groups and the people, according to the Progressive Karenni People Force (PKPF). At least six resistance fighters and three civilians, including two minors, were killed in areas where no fighting was reported.

Since March, fighting has increased in Burma’s smallest state. This was also the month with the second most airstrikes since the military coup, according to an anonymous PKPF source.

A man from Demoso Township, who spoke with Kantarawaddy Times on condition of anonymity, said jet fighters and airships struck displaced camps and villages where civilians are living, shelling them with artillery, as has happened many times during the conflict.

But “the number of airstrikes has increased significantly since mid-May, with most taking place between midnight and 5am” he pointed out.

The PKPF reported that 62 houses and two religious buildings were destroyed last month.

Since the military took power from the democratic government on 1 February 2021, it had flown 463 airstrikes by the end of May. Over 200,00 people have been displaced by the conflict in Karenni State, which is estimated to be home to fewer than 400,000 people.


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