‘I don’t understand why they are fighting each other,’ a villager said of the ethnic armed
Three civilians—including one 10-year-old boy—were killed in Hsipaw Township, northern Shan
State, on Friday, during clashes between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State
Army (RCSS/SSA) and troops from the Northern Alliance of ethnic armed groups.
The fighting, in Ner Lawt village, lasted just moments after beginning at around 6:20 a.m. Sai
Oun, aged 10, and Sai Pay, a 30-year-old man, died in the battle, according to the victims’
family members. Another 30-year-old man—Sai San Nawng—succumbed to his injuries as he
was being transported to Mong Khur public hospital. Two more people were injured: Nang Aye
Moon and schoolteacher Nang Htwe, both aged 20.
“Clashes broke out between the two Shan armed forces. I don't understand why they are
fighting each other. I am not interested in their fighting. Civilians including children have been
killed and wounded,” a relative of one of the victims told SHAN.
The Northern Alliance includes the Arakan Army, the Kachin Independence Army, the Myanmar
National Democratic Alliance Army, and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army. Villagers also
reported that the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army was involved but SHAN could not
SHAN tried to contact the two Shan armed groups, but was not able to establish communication
in order for them to comment at the time of reporting.
Villagers remain worried about continued clashes, as many armed groups remain active in the
area, including the Burma Army and various militias. The fighting as also disrupted their farming
practices, creating concerns about food insecurity in the coming year.