Since mid-February, at least five civilians were killed during violence between Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), Shan State Progress Party (SSPP) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), in Kyaukme Township, according to civil society organizations.
“After the military coup, there’s been intense fighting between Northern Alliance and RCSS in northern Shan State, killing at least three men and two women, and wounding three people,” a volunteer helping civilians affected by the violence told SHAN.
Villagers unable to return to their homes because of persistent fighting desperately need emergency support. Civilians in Namtu Township are also affected by clashes between the ethnic armed organizations.
At the same time RCSS is clashing with SSPP and TNLA from the Northern Alliance, Kachin Independence Army (KIA)—also part of Northern Alliance—are fighting with Burma Army in Lashio Township, northern Shan State, and in Kachin State.
A man from the area of Mong Yaw told SHAN that clashes happened near Pang Hker village around noontime, April 4. Burma Army arrested two civilians in the village, locals said. According to Shwe Hpee Myae media outlet in Lashio, the headman of Pang Hker is one of the detainees.
KIA, TNLA, SSPP Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (aka Kokang Army), Arakan Army and Burma Army all maintain troops in Mong Yaw.