Min Naing Soe
Skirmishes came back between Tatmadaw (government forces) and ethnic armed organizations (EAO) in Kyeethi Township, southern Shan State on July 23 and around 100 residents have been displaced by the fighting.
The displaced persons fleeing the clash that broke out in Namtu, northern Shan State on July 16 returned their native homes during the last few days, but they fled the current skirmishes once more.
The skirmishes broke out between government army, and the RCSS, the SSPP and the TNLA in northern Shan State and more than 1000 were displaced by the fighting.
“Frankly, the fighting comes from a family’s brothers. It is not a good sign. We don’t like the clash between Shan and Palaung. The clashes between Tatamadaw and EAOs don’t look good, too,” said Sai Aik Paung, Chairman of Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP).
It is true that the clash broke out in Kyeethi, but it is not between Tatmadaw and us, said Lt-Colonel Sai Oo, spokesperson of the RCSS.
“The battalion commander said we hear the sounds of gun. It is sure the fighting broke out. It is not between Tatmadaw and us. The residents fled to the forest,” said Lt-Colonel Sai Oo.
Tatmadaw, the RCSS and the SSPP are active in Kyeethi, southern Shan State but the TNLA isn’t.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut