TANINTHARYI DIVISION – Locals reported that a man in his 50s from Yange Village in Thayetchaung Township who returned home after fleeing the war since the second week of June was shot by junta troops.
Around 7:30 a.m. on June 20,
when the victim arrived outside his home in Yange Village, the patrolling junta soldiers reportedly opened fire.
“He returned home to clean up and organize but when the junta soldiers saw him, they started shooting,” said a resident.
The man reportedly had a lacerate wound by the gunshot but escaped.
Mr. Wai Yan Hein, who was taking medicine from his home at Yange Village for his mother on June 11, was also shot and killed by the military troops.
In addition to the arbitrary shooting, the junta soldiers forced the villagers (who had returned home) to carry sandbags at gunpoint to build their camp in Yange Village. Locals stated that the junta soldiers have been stationed on Mway Mountain in Yange Village until now and are building bunkers for long-term camping.
As the junta soldiers have not withdrawn from the area, most of the residents have not been able to return home.
“Initially, they told us to return home. But they arbitrarily shoot at anyone they see, who would dare to go back home,” said a local woman.
From the 8th to the 17th of June, a few residents from eleven villages who fled the war returned to their homes, but the villagers of Yange dare not do so.
Since the junta column advanced to Yange Village, about five houses have been burned down, shops and houses in the village were broken into and many valuable items were stolen.