Clashes between the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Tatmadaw erupted in Khay Khin and Man Wel villages, part of Namhsan Township, Shan State, on Tuesday morning, sending more than 100 locals fleeing to neighbouring Namtu Township.
Several fatalities have been reported from the front line near Man Lan, where Burmese troops overran a Ta’ang [Palaung] rebel base.
A high school, a government office and a sawmill were hit by stray bullets when TNLA clashed with Burmese troops.
Local MP says MOC-1 launched artillery strikes towards a village outside the town amid clashes with TNLA.
The 324 villagers are now being sheltered at a Buddhist monastery in Man San village near Namtu town.
During the 71st Shan State National Day commemoration at the headquarters of the Restoration Council of Shan State’s Loi Tai Leng headquarters, European ambassadors and UN representatives rubbed shoulders with ethnic armed group leaders.