Fierce Clashes Continue at Kachin Hilltop Outpost

Kachin soldiers on Saturday carry the body of one of their comrades after an aerial bombardment on Thursday destroyed a bunker where four KIA soldiers had taken shelter. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)

Kachin soldiers on Saturday carry the body of one of their comrades after an aerial bombardment on Thursday destroyed a bunker where four KIA soldiers had taken shelter. (Photo: Steve Tickner / The Irrawaddy)

Fierce close proximity combat between government soldiers and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) continued over the weekend, despite the Burmese government’s announcement that it would implement a unilateral ceasefire on Saturday morning,

The fighting centered on the strategically important hilltop outpost Hkaya Bum, where the Kachin rebels fought off attacks by the Burmese army on Saturday and Sunday. The Irrawaddy’s photographer Steve Tickner was at Hkaya Bum this weekend to cover the battles from the KIA positions.

In the past week, the government has been trying to capture the rebel-held hilltop, at times using heavy artillery and airstrikes.

 


6 Responses to Fierce Clashes Continue at Kachin Hilltop Outpost

  1. We never take serious action on whatever Thein Sein say anyway. It is not a surprise that the fight keeps going. They make themselves clowns and laughing matter to the world. No dignity.

  2. Thank you Steve, thank you Irrawaddy, the photos depict clearly the intense government military campaign intended to eliminate the Kachins. The Kachins would also like to questions the moral and legal obligations of those world leaders rushed in to recognize the very government.

  3. To,

    The Kachin Freedom Fighters,

    You are indeed entrusted with the divine mandate and national obligation to protect the homeland of your ancestors and your people against injustice, suppression, and ethnic genocide systematically perpetrated and perpetuated by the barbaric Burma army. When you boldly stand for your homeland and your people, you shall surely face challenges, threats, and even deaths. When you stand for your homeland and your people, you never, though, ask the following questions. What can happen to our security, well-being, and life, if we boldly resist the invaders and the oppressors?

    You rather ask such responsible and self-less questions for your homeland and your people: What can happen to the homeland of our ancestors, unless we firmly stand for it in time? What can happen to our people, unless we protect them from the invaders in time? What can happen to the next generations of the Kachin, unless we stand for and fight for them? What can happen to the future of the Kachin, unless we now resist and fight for it’s survival?

    No doubt you gave your lives before, you are giving your lives now, and you shall give your lives in the future but not without reasons. You gave your lives that your homeland and your people may live forever. In history you shall be remembered as the national martyr, and the Kachin history shall salute you forever. May God be with you in the valley of death! With the help of God, you shall overcome those sufferings some day!

    Your dream shall never die (quoted)

  4. Why President Thein Sein could not control his defense minister (General) to stop fighting? So sad to see that fighting continue. Please stop fighting and go for peace. Let world to se PEACE OF MYANMAR (BURMA).

  5. [email protected]

    What does mean peace?

  6. The Giant Power taking on a tiny Kachins. Shameful action of the democratic guise war mongaric Theinsein Government.

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