The military has announced in Kachin State’s Tanai town that civilians who abandoned their homes to avoid clashes between government troops and the Kachin Independence Army must return, saying KIA forces had retreated from the affected villages in Tanai Township.
The committee noted that a 22-year-old man was killed on 11 April and his father wounded when Burmese military aircraft attacked the area.
The Kachin Independence Army (KIA) has advised unlicensed gold and amber miners to vacate the sites of their operations as the ethnic armed group plans to launch guerrilla attacks against Burma’s armed forces in parts of Tanai Township from 10 April.
Reports are emerging of food and water shortages at the mines, and accusations that Burmese soldiers forced the families to act as “human shields”.
The capture comes after several days of armed clashes in a strategic area that is home to several gold and amber mines under KIA control.
Internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kachin State’s Tanai Township will face a shortage of rations by the end of this month, aid workers say.