More than 30 civilians killed in Mandalay Region battle between junta, resistance

The military blames guerrilla forces for the deaths, but resistance groups say the casualties were caused by the junta firing artillery shells from locations including a nearby warship

Local resistance forces and the junta have blamed one another for the deaths of more than 30 civilians in a battle in Mandalay Region’s Myingyan Township last week. 

Fighting broke out on the morning of May 9 near the Semeikhon port on the Ayeyarwady River after anti-regime groups attacked the bases of the military-backed Pyu Saw Htee militia in the village of Sone, two miles to the east.

That afternoon, the military council announced that 32 people from the village, including children, had been killed and 14 more injured, attributing the deaths to resistance forces’ use of heavy artillery and drones equipped with bombs.

“The rebel forces attacked the village with heavy artillery shells from the south and southeast and the militia forces fired back, causing the terrorists to flee east, unable to seize control of the base and they torched the nearby houses,” the junta. . .

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