Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) has captured yet another important camp from State Administration Council (SAC) along the Union highway since launching its 1027 Operation with other members of Three Brotherhood’s Alliance.
On Sunday, the Kokang group took the hilltop camp after attacking it the day before, located above Lon Khan village between what’s locally called the 105-miles trading zone and Nam Tawng in Muse Township in northern Shan State.
“The Burma army opened fired shells throughout the entire last night, and we were unable to sleep,” said a woman living in Muse town, which is only 20 minutes away from the camp by motorbike. The position provides a strategic vantage point overlooking the town and Mongpaw town (also called Mongbaw).
A 20-year-old was killed, and a 70-year-old woman was injured after the regime sent in four jet fighters to bombard the area around Lon Khan for two hours starting at 10 pm on November 26. Homes and shops in the region and trucks parked at the trade zone were damaged by the airstrikes, she said.
Since the alliance launched attacks on SAC near the trade zone, fighting has been escalating, causing civilians in the area to seek refuge in the nearby fields or villages if they can reach them.
Resistance forces are also attacking a regime camp near Mongpaw Bridge and SAC’s Infantry Battalion 123 in Namphetka, situated in Kutkai Township, has been retaliating with artillery.
After launching its operation on October 27, the alliance has captured over 250 SAC camps and several towns. Other resistance groups in Kachin, Karenni, Karen, and Chin states, as well as Sagaing, Mandalay, Magwe, and Tanintharyi regions, have launched their own offensives and captured many junta bases and towns since it started a month ago. MNDAA spokesperson Jia Win said offensives across Burma will continue.