The locals reported that at least two people were killed in a military helicopter attack on Nyaung Hla by the junta on the afternoon of November 27th in Tabayin Township, Sagaing Division.
According to locals, “Soldiers were deployed in five helicopters that landed in the fields outside the village, yesterday. They fired at Nyaung Hla Village, especially the northern part, and two people were killed and two were wounded in the southern part of the village.”
At present, the troops are heading to Nyaung Hla that has been taken as a base station of the army, and is being used in raids on nearby villages. Many people from nearby villages such as Wal Gyi and Yinkyay are fleeing but many from Nyaung Hla are trapped.
“The refugees have nothing in their hands. The rest of the people in the village were surrounded by the army. The situation was getting worse and troops were attacking from all directions. Helicopters were also hovering this morning” said a local.
According to the local refugee relief groups, about 2000 refugees from about 10 villages are in food and shelter difficulties, and need help.
Tabayin People’s Defense Force had also made warnings to the public to seek shelter under buildings during airstrikes. Those who left the villages should avoid gathering in groups in the fields. Residents are warned to stay in areas and villages supported by the local PDFs.
In addition, the PDFs have warned that there have been minefields set up on evacuation routes, so refugees should only use the roads recommended by the PDF. The People’s Defense Force (PDF) in Tabayin Township has issued a warning to the public not to drive in covered vehicles on the surrounding roads, as large numbers of junta forces are entering the area, and the PDF may mistake civilian vehicles for junta vehicles.
Junta troops that are based in Se Gyi, north of Nyaung Hla, are heading south towards Nyaung Hla. Some soldiers are going to Yinkyay village and firing at the nearby villages with heavy artillery.