Look East Please: Myanmar Resistance Growing, India Cannot Shut Itself Out

By Indian Defence News

Clashes broke out before dawn on Saturday at Hlayswe, some 150 kms northwest of the main city of Yangon, when soldiers arrived for a search operation, local media outlets and residents said.

Khit Thit Media and the Delta News Agency said 20 civilians had been killed and many others wounded. The media stated that villagers had tried to fight back the forces with catapults after soldiers allegedly assaulted residents, in what they said was a search for arms.

State-run MRTV said security forces were allegedly attacked with compressed air guns and darts.

The death toll put out by the local media, is the highest in a single day in nearly two months. It was one of the worst violence-hit days in the Ayeyarwady region, since the coup broke out.

Ayeyarwady region is an important rice growing area that has large populations of both the Bamar majority ethnic group and the Karen minority.

Post-coup flareups have been reported from the borderlands, where 25-30 ethnic rebel armies have been waging war against the State since decades.

The junta is also facing massive protests and paralysing strikes on a daily basis.

The anti-junta Shwegu People’s Defence Force said it had attacked a police station in northern Shwegu late on Friday jointly with the Kachin Independence Army (KIA).

KIA claims that the attack inflicted heavy casualties on the forces, but did not specify any numbers.

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