SAGAING DIVISION – Locals reported that a woman was injured when the army, securing the repair process of the railway tracks near Thonesintkan Train Station, opened fire into the village of Yonethar on Tuesday (October 10).
Around 30-strong military council unit opened fire at Yonethar Village, which is about two miles away from the Thonesintkan Train Station, on the morning of October 10. A woman in her 40s was reportedly shot in the thigh.
Residents said that most of the villages near the Thonesintkan Station have been fleeing for safety. So, the military men raided nearby Yonethar Village for food.
“Nearby villages are fleeing the junta troops, and the soldiers might not find any food there. I guess they could have run out of food and thus entered the village, opening fire,” said a local.
Currently, the injured woman is receiving medical treatment and the junta troops are stationed at one of the monasteries in the village.
The army has come to provide security for the railway track repair, and it is said that it has been arriving in Wetlet Township since September 6.
That army is not stationed in one place but in groups stationed at the Thonesintkan Station, Thalai Monastery, and another group in Yonethar Village. They often enter the villages to raid for food.
On September 19, this same column killed a father and son who were going to the fields, and on September 21, they reportedly burned down some homes in Thonesintkan Village.
Because of these junta forces, more than 1,000 residents in 10 villages, including Nyaungpinkyitaw, Paukkan, Thonesintkan, Yaythaukkan, and Yonethar Villages have been displaced for over a month and need food and assistance, stated (Mr.) Negarlay from Wetlet information network.