Six Civilians Injured During Shelling

By Network Media Group
Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Two civilians are in critical condition after their village was shelled during clashes between rival ethnic armed organizations in northern Shan State, where violence has been breaking out since the middle of February.

According to locals, a total of six villagers from Mangsan, located in Namtu Township, were injured after at least 7 shells struck the village on February 28.

All the villagers injured in the attack are receiving medical care in Lashio, according to an elderly resident.

A water buffalo and about five pigs and dogs were killed and several homes were destroyed from the shelling during the fighting between Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS) and Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS).

The day before, several bullets struck a Buddhist monastery, hitting the abbot who suffered minor injuries.

Villagers sought refuge in Namtu town from the conflict that’s been breaking out in the region since February 26.

Since last month, over 2,000 civilians in Namtu and Kyaukme townships have been displaced from the hostilities. Aid workers helping them said they are running out of food rations, blankets and warm clothing.

In Muse Township, along the border with China, fighting is breaking out between Burma Army and Kachin Independence Organization/Army.

KIO/A, TNLA and SSPP are members of the Northern Alliance.