Battles occur again between NCA signatory RCSS and TNLA

EMG reporter

YANGON: Battles flared again between the Restoration Council of Shan State/Shan State Army (RCSS/SSA), which had signed the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA), and Ta-aung National Liberation Army (TNLA), according to the TNLA.

The TNLA also reported that skirmishes had been raging between RCSS/SSA and TNLA’s Brigade-2 at Khunkaw village, Kyaukme Township on May 13 and 14,, leaving some villagers injured due to the explosion of heavy weapons being fired by the RCSS.

The TNLA accused the RCSS of interfering in the TNLA’s controlled area, which it said was the reason for the battles.

Although EMG tried to call Lt-Col Sai Nguen, a spokesperson of RCSS/SSA about confirming the flash battles, there was no response.

TNLA and RCSS/SSA members are clustered around the Hsaik Khaung village-tract in Namtmatu Township. There has been no fighting between the TNLA and RCSS but there has been military tension between the sides.

Sai Han of the Ta-aung Youths Organisation (TYO) said: “Two armed groups are very close to each other, so residents had to flee to safer places. Some villagers stayed with their relatives. Mostly villagers are now sheltering at the Shwemyintha monastery. The TYO provided aid for the battle victims at Shwemyintha monastery on May 14. The war refugees are mostly Shan nationals, along with Ta-aung nationals.

The last skirmishes between the TNLA and RCSS took place on December 22 last year.

Battles between the army and Palaung State Liberation Front/Ta-aung National Liberation Army occurred again in Namtkham, Mungton, Namtmatu and Kuatkai Townships from April 29.

Translated by Khin Set Maw