Military shells, bombs Kyaukme as clashes continue in northern Shan State, Mandalay Region 

Urban wards in the town of Kyaukme, which anti-regime fighters took over last Friday, came under attack by the junta air force on Sunday as clashes displaced thousands in surrounding townships

Shelling and lethal airstrikes by the Myanmar military regime devastated the town of Kyaukme, northern Shan State on Sunday after anti-regime fighters seized control of the town last week, according to locals and anti-junta forces. 

Residents of Kyaukme Township told Myanmar Now on Monday that bombs dropped by a junta fighter jet hit a private hotel in the urban centre of the township—which is currently under the control of anti-regime forces—at around 11:20pm on Sunday.

“At least two civilians lost their lives in the airstrike,” a social welfare volunteer based in the township said. 

Describing the extent of the destruction, another civilian living in Kyaukme said that in addition to destroying the hotel’s fifth floor, the airstrikes destroyed or caused significant damage to around 20 nearby houses in the populous ward.

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