Min Naing Soe
Myanmar saw 17 clashes in June and 29 clashes in July during 2018. More clashes will be likely to break out between Tatmadaw (defence services) and the Restoration Council of Shan State (RCSS), said Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS).
The data of Township-based Conflict Monitoring System Database showed that armed incidents broke out for 17 times in June and 29 times in July during 2018.
More armed conflicts will be likely to take place between Tatmadaw and the RCSS/SSA as they were in conflict with each other over area control in Mongkai, Shan State, according to the MIPS.
Armed incidents broke out in 11 townships in June, in 14 townships in July in 2018 and therefore armed conflict area made wider. The townships suffering the most severe armed conflict during July in 2018 are Hpakant in Kachin State and Mongkai in Shan State. These two townships faced at least a five-time clash, according to the MIPS.
Namtu in Shan State also saw at least a four-time clash. During July, Tatmadaw attacked a based-camp of the KIA. The KIA also fought back Tatmadaw military columns. During July clashes between Tatmadaw and the KIA kept on occurring, but were not as severe as those early 2018, the MIPS said.
A clash broke out between the combined groups of the TNLA and the SSPP/SSA, and the RCSS/SSA in Namtu, Shan State. Tatmadaw was in clash with the TNLA for once in Namtu during July.
Translated and Edited by Win Htut