1500 junta soldiers killed in Myanmar’s Kayah state in 15 months

About 1,500 soldiers of the country’s junta have been killed in Myanmar’s southeastern Kayah state in the past 15 months. At the same time, more than 150 resistance fighters were killed in clashes with the junta forces in the state. News of The Irrawaddy
Armed resistance against the military junta began in the region in May last year. Since then there have been reports of intense shelling as well as aerial and heavy artillery shelling in Kayah state almost every day.

Several People’s Defense Forces (PDF), including the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF), the Karenni Army (KA), are fighting the junta across Kayah. A similar resistance struggle is taking place in the neighboring southern Shan State.

A group called the Progressive Karenni People Force (PKPF) documented human rights violations. PKPF reported last Thursday that 1,499 Junta soldiers were killed in Kayah state till August 31. On the other hand, 151 resistance fighters were killed. During this time 454 fights took place in the area.

During the same period, the junta forces carried out around 158 airstrikes against civilian targets and resistance forces in the state.

The PKPF also said that 261 civilians and 61 internally displaced persons have been killed by the junta in Kayah state in the last 15 months. Junta authorities arrested 261 people during this period.

According to the PKPF, 1,180 houses and 25 religious buildings in the state were destroyed due to the junta’s air and artillery attacks as well as arson.

The number of displaced people in the state has reached two lakh. The displaced people of the state are now facing food crisis. Because the junta authorities have closed the food supply route.

The Central Region Special Operations Group has reportedly joined the resistance fight against the junta in Kayah state. They said last Friday that between August 16 and 31, 61 Junta soldiers were killed in 14 ambushes by combined resistance forces including KNDF, KA, PDF in Kayah state.

Myanmar’s military junta has deployed large numbers of troops in Kayah state. They are conducting raids from village to village. They are also conducting operations against resistance groups.

On February 1, 2021, there was a military coup in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party overthrew the country’s military junta and seized power.