Myanmar military kills tens of civilians, displaces thousands more at gateway between northern Shan State and Mandalay

Junta troops fighting to maintain their hold on the strategic town of Mongmit killed 27 people, committed rapes, and forced more than 6,000 people from their homes in one month, a Shan rights group says

Nearly 30 civilians were killed and some 6,000 people fled the northern Shan State town of Mongmit and the surrounding area this year due to a Myanmar military offensive involving airstrikes, sexual violence, and extrajudicial executions, a Shan civil society organisation said. 

In an update published on Monday, the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF) reported that some 200 troops from the junta’s Infantry Division (ID) 99 came to Mongmit in three trucks from Mandalay on January 2. Their arrival followed an attempt by resistance forces including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the All Burma Students’ Democratic Front, the People’s Defence Force, and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) to seize the town, which is strategically located on the highway connecting the region to Mandalay.

The junta retained control of Mongmit, however, and over the month that followed, SHRF documented the killing of 27 civilians by. . .

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