Myanmar’s military destroys bridges to prevent resistance forces crossing Sittaung River

The two bridges are in an area less than 50 miles south of Naypyitaw

Junta forces destroyed two wooden bridges in Bago Region’s Yedashe Township late last month amid rumours that anti-regime groups were planning to mount an assault from the eastern side of the Sittaung River, according to locals.

The bridges, each about 450 feet long and 10 feet wide, are routinely used by villagers living east of the river to access the towns of Yedashe and Swar to the west. Both towns are roughly 50 miles south of Naypyitaw.

The Swar Port bridge, the more heavily used of the two bridges, is usually dismantled as water levels rise during the rainy season, but would normally be open for traffic at this time of year, a local woman told Myanmar Now.

“This is the first time the bridge has been completely demolished,” she said.

The regime also destroyed the Swar Ma Gyi bridge, and last year did the same to the. . .

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