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TNLA, PDF Attacks Continue in Gok Twin

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Resistance forces are continuing their efforts to overrun State Administration Council (SAC) troops in the Gok Twin area, located between Kyaukme and Nawngkio townships in northern Shan State.

On Wednesday morning, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and Mandalay People’s Defense Force (PDF) initiated an attack on a SAC camp, resulting in an intense battle near a bridge.

According to a local source, heavy weapons and rifle fire were heard throughout Tuesday night. Additionally, a jet fighter was reported to have conducted two bombing runs. At 7 am on Wednesday, he said rifle fire resumed. “TNLA and PDF have positioned themselves at the Gok Hteik viewpoint, while the Burma army camp is near a bridge in Gok Twin,” the witness stated.

The groups have been targeting the camp for four consecutive days, prompting SAC to launch airstrikes, with one strike damaging a school in Lon Kyein in Kyaukme Township.

The conflict has led to the evacuation of villages including Nawng Pit, Lon Kyein, Pin Paw, Hke Lon, Pan Malut, and Zee Pin in the Nawng Pein village-tract. Some residents have sought refuge in the Nawng Peng Aung Dahmma hall and Shan Literature and Cultural hall in Kyaukme Township, northern Shan State.

Following multiple assaults on a SAC 40-vehicle convoy (including two tanks), it is reported that one of the tanks was destroyed in Nawngkio Township. The convoy was dispatched from Pyin Oo Lwin to provide reinforcements and supplies to troops overwhelmed by other members of Three Brotherhoods Alliance in northern Shan State.

Local accounts claim that SAC soldiers have abducted local youths from Sam Hsei village-tract in Nawngkio township for use as human shields.

Reportedly, at least 2,500 people have been displaced due to the ongoing conflict. These displaced individuals have sought refuge in Buddhist monasteries situated in Thaphan Kai, Thon Sel, Ngo Kalay, Inn Waing, Ban Bwe in Nawngkio Township, as well as Pyin Oo Lwin in the Mandalay Division.

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