BAGO DIVISION – Intense battles broke out in Zayatgyi, Htantapin Township of Bago Division, starting early on February 7 morning and the revolutionary forces have captured Zayatgyi Police Station and Infantry Battalion 73 base while the junta council is carrying out airstrikes, according to revolutionary news sources.
Starting around 3 a.m. on February 7, Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) led revolutionary forces simultaneously attacked the junta bases in Zayatgyi of Htantapin Township including Infantry Battalion (IB) 73 base, Zayatgyi Police Station, Chaungchar camp, Myosoe camp and Sharsaylo camp, and latest reports indicate that the revolutionary forces have captured Zayatgyi Police Station and Infantry Battalion 73 base, reported sources on the frontline.
“Zayatgyi IB 73, Zayatgyi Police Station, Chaungchar camp, Myosoe camp and Sharsaylo camp were attacked by KNLA Brigade 2, 3, 5, BPLA (Bamar People’s Liberation Army) and PDF (People’s Defence Force) joint forces. Some were already captured. The junta council is wildly attacking from the air.
Zayatgyi Police Station and Chaungchar camp have been captured. There have been a lot of airstrikes,” said a frontline source.
Currently a large number of civilians are said to be trapped in Zayatgyi Town with nowhere to escape as the junta council is attacking the town with air and artillery strikes.
“The junta dogs (junta forces) blocked off all the roads and wouldn’t allow the civilians to leave. They also bombed with planes and fired heavy artillery. Civilians are trapped in Kinmonchon, Zayatgyi. The aerial bombing destroyed the school at Ingyintha Village. There are many civilian casualties as a result of the heavy weapons and airstrikes. There are civilians trapped inside Zayatgyi. The junta council is attacking with both helicopters and planes,” said a local resident.
It is learnt that KNLA is leading the PDF coalition, which includes the BPLA, Yangon North District PDF, Royal Peacock Arlawaka Column, Jungle Crow Column, and Spring Warriors Column.