As Myanmar military loses border trade hub, it is unclear who will assume control

Army troops who abandoned the military’s last base defending Myawaddy, Myanmar’s primary centre for trade on the Thai border, were later seen among the thousands of people waiting to flee to Thailand for safety

Myawaddy, a major trade hub in Karen State, faces an uncertain future following the fall of the regime’s last outpost to anti-junta forces early on Thursday morning. 

A spokesperson for the Karen National Union (KNU) said on Monday that his organisation had legitimate authority to govern Myawaddy, which is located on the west side of the Moei (Thaungyin) River opposite the town of Mae Sot in Thailand’s Tak Province. 

Just three days later, the Karen ethnic organisation claimed that its armed wing and allied forces had succeeded in capturing the Myanmar army’s Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 275 base outside the town. 

The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) led an alliance of anti-junta forces in taking over the outpost at 4:20am on Thursday, according to sources close to the ethnic Karen armed group. The anti-junta fighters later distributed photos of the. . .

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