Hundreds of locals trapped as fighting between Karen forces and military continues in Myawaddy Township

Thousands have already fled the surrounding area, seeking refuge in Myawaddy town, where the junta administration has reportedly ‘not taken any action’ in meeting humanitarian needs

Around 200 civilians in the village of Thingan Nyi Naung, in Karen State’s Myawaddy Township, remained trapped on Monday as fighting between the junta and forces under the Karen National Union (KNU) intensified. 

Columns under Brigade 6 of the Karen National Liberation Army—the armed wing of the KNU—began attacking military camps in Thingan Nyi Naung on March 7. The village is located along the Myawaddy-Kawkareik section of the Asia Highway, a significant trade route to the Thai border. 

Three Light Infantry Battalions (LIBs) are based there: 355, 356, and 357. By Monday, resistance forces had reportedly captured two of the three LIB posts, as well as a junta police station, and continued to strike the base of the third, alongside a tactical camp.

A local man assisting with efforts to rescue the villagers of Thingan Nyi Naung said that in recent days, around 150. . .

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