Displaced persons returning to town of Hsihseng hit by junta artillery fire

As several civilians are killed or injured by the junta’s heavy weapons in southern Shan State, the military council blames casualties on the resistance

Eight internally displaced persons (IDPs) were injured by junta artillery fire on Monday as they returned to the town of Hsihseng in southern Shan State to retrieve their belongings, according to representatives of an ethnic armed organisation active in the area. 

Spokesperson for the Pa-O National Liberation Organisation/Army (PNLO/A) Khun Rein Yan told Myanmar Now that three vehicles transporting IDPs to Hsihseng were hit by shells near the village of Wartaw. 

The weapons were reportedly fired by Myanmar army soldiers in the village of Hsaik Hkawng, north of the town, which is halfway between the Shan and Karenni state capitals of Taunggyi and Loikaw. 

“The junta troops in Hsaik Hkawng village have heavy artillery, but it's not a military camp: they just have installed heavy weapons in the village,” Khun Rein Yan explained. “The shots were fired from there, resulting in eight serious. . .

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