KNLA retakes camp it lost to Myanmar military more than three decades ago

The fall of the Hpa Lu Gyi camp on the Thai border in 1990 was a devastating blow to forces opposed to the junta ruling at the time

After more than three decades in the hands of Myanmar’s military, a key outpost on the country’s border with Thailand was retaken without a fight on Monday, according to the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA).

The Hpa Lu Gyi camp, located on the Moei River some nine miles south of Myawaddy in Karen State, served as the police headquarters of Brigade 6 of the KNLA—an armed wing of the Karen National Union (KNU)—until it fell to the military in 1990.

That event came after a fierce battle still remembered as a major turning point for the KNU, which lost control of its headquarters at Manerplaw five years later.

Monday’s clash was less dramatic, but equally memorable, according to KNLA Brigade 6 tactical commander Col. Ne Dah Htoo.

“We only had to fight for five minutes,” he said, speaking to Myanmar Now on Tuesday.

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