At least 1,500 junta government soldiers have been killed in the last 15 months in Myanmar’s southeastern state of Kayah, which has been engulfed in insurgency. And during this period, 150 resistance fighters also lost their lives. This information was given in a report of The Irrawaddy, a local daily of Myanmar based in Thailand on Saturday.
Heavy shelling and heavy air and artillery strikes have been a near-daily occurrence in the state since the armed struggle against the country’s military regime began in May last year, according to reports.
The Karenni Nationalist Defense Force (KSDF), the Karenni Army (KA), the armed wing of the Karenni National Progressive Party, and several other People’s Defense Forces (PDF) continue to fight the junta forces in Kayah. These groups are also waging a similar resistance war in neighboring Shan State.
The Progressive Karenni People’s Force (PKPF), which has been accused of human rights abuses, said on Thursday that 1,499 government soldiers and 151 resistance fighters had been killed in Kayah since August 31. Besides, 454 cases of arson occurred during this period.
As many as 158 airstrikes have been carried out by government forces targeting civilians and resistance fighters.
The PKPF said junta forces have killed at least 261 civilians and 61 internally displaced persons (IDF) in the past 15 months. Besides, 261 people were arrested.
As many as 1,180 houses and 25 religious structures were destroyed in the state by air and artillery strikes, arson and attacks by government forces.
At present, about 2 lakh people of Kayah are displaced. Displaced people are suffering from food shortages as the junta government has blocked supply routes.
Another rebel group, the Central Region Special Operations Group, said on Friday that 61 junta soldiers were killed between August 16 and 31 in a joint attack by the KNDF, KA and PDF in Kayah.
Among the dead were an officer and six snipers, the group said.
The junta government has deployed a large number of troops in Kayah. They are raiding villages and positions of resistance fighters.
Government soldiers are losing their lives daily across Myanmar, including Kayah, at the hands of the PDF and other ethnic armed groups.