Fresh Clashes in Myanmar’s Remote Ethnic Regions Lead to Casualties, Displacement

Nearly a dozen military troops are dead in fighting that prompted thousands to flee.

Clashes between the military and rebel groups in Myanmar’s remote ethnic regions have left several government troops dead and injured in recent days, according to sources, while vulnerable refugees in camps along the country’s northwestern borders are in desperate need of supplies, aid workers said.

Fighting since the Feb. 1 overthrow of the elected government in a military coup has raged from Kachin state in the far north near China to the southern Karen state, displacing about a quarter million people, mostly ethnic minorities. Conflicts are also flaring up in western Chin state, near India and Bangladesh.

At least four armed engagements occurred Tuesday in Kayah state’s Hpruso and Bawlakhe townships between the military’s No. 66 Division and a combined force of fighters from the ethnic rebel Karenni Army (KA) and the Karenni National Defense Force (KNDF) militia formed to protect the public from junta offensives, according to the Karenni National Development Party (KNDPP).

The KNDPP secretary, who goes by the name Daniel, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that the clashes in Htar Lae and Mar Craw Shae villages left 11 junta