KAREN STATE – The Supreme Headquarter of Karen National Union (KNU) has reported on July 9 that around 2,500 battles took places in Karen State during six months, from January to the end of June 2023, and more than 2,600 of atrocious junta soldiers, including 10 commanding officer level were killed during the fights.
The military operations had been accelerated in Karen State in the last six months, killing a total of 2,632 terrorist junta forces, including five commanding officers, five Second in Commands, nine captains, four lieutenants and five warrant officers, injuring 1,685 and destroying 99 military trucks.
Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), Karen National Defence Organisation (KNDO) and the battalions of People’s Defence Force (PDF)under Military Command had reportedly carried out the fights against the genocidal junta across Karen State. It was said that 76 Revolutionary Forces sacrificed their lives during the fights, while 257 combatants were injured.
The encounters had been ongoing throughout Karen State, including Myawaddy and Kyainseikgyi townships and Lay Kay Kaw Myothit between the brigades under KNU, People’s Defence Force (PDFs) and the fascist junta forces and its subordinate, Border Guard Forces (BGF).
The terrorist junta soldiers had committed mass killings, carried out unprovoked offensive and arson attacks in civilians’ areas during the fights, and nearly 600,000 of residents had been forced to leave from their homes due to those attacks and sheltered in on the border area of Thailand and the territory of Thailand.
From July 2022 to June 2023, the KNU provided emergency aids to around 250,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP), but food, shelters and medicines are not enough to provide them because the IDP population has increased and the current rainy season. The KNU has requested and invited the local and foreign donors to provide humanitarian assistance.