Battles near the jade-producing city of Hpakant, Kachin State have forced hundreds of civilians in a nearby village to flee their homes since Saturday, local residents and Kachin anti-junta fighters said.
According to a Hpakant resident in his 40s, local civilians have been forced to flee by junta aerial and artillery strikes after fighting spread to Hway Hkar, located some 12 miles southwest of Hpakant.
The junta’s air and artillery attacks on Hway Hkar occurred amid a series of intensifying clashes between the military and anti-junta Kachin armed groups.
At around 6am on Saturday, members of the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Kachin Region People’s Defence Force (Kachin PDF) launched a joint attack on an army base and police station near Hway Hkar.
The alliance of anti-junta forces succeeded in taking control of the police station after around two hours of fighting. . .