KAYIN STATE – Since the junta council has reportedly launched the military operation from Taung Kalay Village, Kyaikmaraw Township, Mon State toward the locals’ farms at the foothills of the Taung Nyo, Kha Lel-Ta Khun Taing Village Tract, Win Yaw Region, Kyainseikgyi Township, Kayin State, fired heavy artillery towards the villages in days and nights and marched to the junta troops and Border Guard Forces (BGFs) stationing at the junta’s Ta Khun Taing police station starting from June 26, over 3,000 locals have fled away from their houses to the safe places.
“We could not even complete cultivating. We just left behind and ran when we heard the junta’s military column had marched. We could not dare to live since the heavy artillery shell landed at both farms and village. Even farmers cultivating long term plants at the hill fled away. We are also afraid to be forcibly taken into the junta military,” one of the villagers being displaced shared on June 29.
Kha Lel-Ta Khun Taing Village Tract is known to be one of the villages under the administration territory of Karen National Union (KNU) in Win Yay Township and often occurred battles between the alliances of Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) and the junta council. Due to subsequence of the junta’s heavy artillery firings towards villages almost every night during the battles, the residential houses are said to be damaged, and locals have suffered injuries being hit by the junta’s heavy artillery shrapnel.
Over 3,000 locals from Kha Lel, Ta Khun Taing, Myo Haung, Kha Lel Ywar Lay, Hpa Yar Ngar Su, Pu Lein, Nan Thaing Htun villages have fled away to their nearest relatives and settled the livings temporarily starting from June 28.
Furthermore, locals stated that the junta troops and BGFs No. 1021 stationing in Ta Khun Taing Village’s police station have been firing with two 122 mm and 120 mm artilleries from Artillery Battalion based in Ah Bit Village, Mon State toward the villages surrounding of the junta’s station every day to protect their station’s security.