In western Demawso township of Karenni State, a mortar shell fired by junta troops hit a preschool where a family of war refugees was living. “Last night at 5:30 p.m., three shells fell in that area.
The first fell in front of a house. The second one fell in back of it. The family wanted to run into the street, but the father told them not to run away. Then the third shell hit the roof, injuring everyone inside,” a local witness said.
The 5-year-old boy was seriously injured and died of bleeding on the way to the hospital, he said. The father is hospitalized with critical injuries. Three other family members are hospitalized with serious injuries,” said the witness.
The family came to live in the preschool as refugees because their village, Kone Tha, was too dangerous due to the ongoing fighting.
Locals said that the mortar was fired by the junta’s 102nd Army Corps in Demawso Township.
According a survey by the Kantarawaddy Times, there are 20 civilians injured by the military junta’s mortar fire in Karenni State between November 1st and the 15th.