Shan Forces Clash in Hsipaw

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The Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) clashed in northern Shan State’s Hsipaw Township for one hour on Saturday morning, according to reports from both sides.

RCSS and SSPP soldier
RCSS and SSPP soldier

The fighting reportedly took place between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.

“It’s confirmed. Our troops clashed with the RCSS troops in Hsipaw Township in this morning,” an SSPP soldier told SHAN.

On its Tai Freedom website, the RCSS reported that they ended up fighting with the SSPP while on patrol in Hsipaw Township.

SHAN repeatedly tried to call the information departments of both armies for further comment, but had received no answer at the time of reporting.

The RCSS is a signatory to the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) with the Burmese government and military.

The SSPP has signed a bilateral ceasefire with the Burmese government, but is among the majority of ethnic armed groups in the country that have not signed the NCA.  

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