Fighting near Kalay leaves at least 10 civilians dead

Most of the victims were killed by junta artillery or drone attacks carried out in response to clashes for control of a Pyu saw Htee village

At least 10 civilians were killed by fighting in Sagaing Region’s Kalay Township over the weekend following a series of resistance attacks on villages controlled by the pro-regime Pyu Saw Htee militia.

In a statement released on Sunday, the Kalay People’s Defence Force (PDF) said that it had captured the Pyu Saw Htee village of Kyaung Taik, about five miles north of the town of Kalay, on Saturday after two days of fighting.

The junta forces retreated to the nearby village of Aung Myin Thar, which is also dominated by the Pyu Saw Htee, the statement said.

At least five junta troops and two resistance fighters were reportedly killed in the clashes. The fighting also claimed the lives of at least three civilians, according to a local volunteer.

“Two villagers who were injured passed away yesterday, and we also received a body from Kyaung Taik this morning. . .

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