TANINTHARYI DIVISION – On July 15, a battle broke out between the junta council army and the People’s Defence Forces (PDF) in Thein Khun Village, Tanintharyi Division.
On July 15 about 7:30 a.m., there was a battle between the villages of Chaung Na Pauk and Thein Khun, and the military council battalions fired heavy weapons, forcing over three thousand households from Thein Khun Village Tract to flee.
A local man said, at 8:30 a.m. on July 15, “It’s happening in the rubber plantations. I don’t know where the heavy weapons are being fired from. There were already 13 rounds fired.”
Especially the residents of Thein Khun, Chaung Na Pauk and Kun Thee Taw Villages are fleeing the war, and the residents of nearby villages are also fleeing from their homes.
The details of the battle that happened is still being investigated.
At present, it is known that at least five military council vehicles have arrived in Thein Khun Village, and the military situation in the region is tense.
Thein Khun and Chaung Na Pauk Villages, where the battle occured, are located on the road from Tanintharyi to the Thai border town of Mau Taung.
Tanintharyi Township has frequent battles, and as a result, many local residents are fleeing the war.
According to the statements of the support group for war refugees, Dawna-Taninthari, more than 6,000 residents of villages in Tanintharyi Township such as West Mawton Village, Bang Lamout Village, Yanfo Village, Lalthit Village and Nyaungpingon Village, have fled the war and are in need of food aid.