Deadly Skirmishes Continue in Shan State: Rebels

Despite reports that Shan rebel and Burmese military commanders met on Feb. 20 to end skirmishes in northern Shan State, violence has since continued. Shan media said on Wednesday that dozens of Burmese soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Shan State Army North. “Before the Union Day of 12 February, the Burma Army demanded the withdrawal of SSA troops from Loi Lang base, which was refused, subsequently leading to … seven armed clashes along the mountain ranges,” an officer at SSA headquarters told the SHAN Herald. “On the 22 February battle alone, the Burma Army had suffered 28 killed,” he claimed. No rebel casualties were reported.

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