SAGAING DIVISION – Locals reported that a four-year-old girl was killed by the shelling in Ngagar Pwek village, about six miles away from Kalay township, when the junta’s council opened fire on the southern part of Kalay township in the morning of June 23.
Residents said that a child from Ngagar Pwek village, was hit and killed because the military council troops in Kalay township fired more than ten rounds with heavy weapons at the southern part of Kalay Township since around 4 a.m.
“Early in the morning, the sound of heavy weapons wakes me up, almost the whole city wake up. Deaths due to heavy weapon’s injury are increasing these days,” said a resident of Kalay. Within a week from June 18 to 23, it is reported that four local residents of Htoma, Thazi, Santha, Ngagar Pwek villages in the south of Kalay township have died due to the junta council’s heavy weapon firing.
Currently, in June, six local residents were killed in Kalay township due to heavy weapons fire by the Junta’s Council, and one was killed due to airstrikes. Three of those who died were children under the age of ten, according to local residents.
In addition, this month alone, around 30 local residents were injured by the military council’s heavy weapons fire, including at least five children, according to incident reports.
After the coup d’état, there have been cases of children being injured and killed since the start of junta terrorists’ brutal crackdown on public strike movements.
Beyond the armed resistance began, the death toll from shooting of the junta army, heavy weapons and airstrikes is increasing, as well as the number of children among the victims.
According to the information provided by Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), nearly 3,700 people have died at the hands of military council soldiers as of June 23.
According to data from the Ministry of Human Rights of the National Unity Government, a total of nearly 280 children under the age of 18 were among those killed by the junta council’s terrorist attacks until end of 2022.