Burma

More Than 740 Myanmar Junta Troops Killed in July: NUG

By The Irrawaddy 10 August 2021

More than 740 junta soldiers were killed and almost 370 wounded during 355 shootouts with the ethnic armed forces and civilian resistance fighters in July, according to Myanmar’s parallel National Unity Government (NUG).

Based on media reports, the NUG said almost 200 civilians were killed and 47 injured by the military in fighting during the month.

The regime has killed about 800 civilians during crackdowns, raids and random shootings.

Resistance fighters are using air guns, homemade firearms and bombs across the country, except in Rakhine State. That state reported only one explosion and an attack on a junta informant in July.

In July, junta forces faced 60 battles with ethnic armed forces and 62 shootouts with the civilian People’s Defense Forces.

There were 87 assassinations of junta troops and about 75 explosions.

The regime suffered the heaviest losses in Sagaing Region with 36 firefights with civilian resistance forces, three shootouts with ethnic armed forces and 36 assassinations of the troops, according to the NUG.

Junta troops committed 23 violent acts, including massacres, in the region.

It estimated that 417 junta soldiers were killed and 270 injured and 128 civilians were killed and six wounded in Sagaing Region.

In Kani Township in the region, around 40 civilians, including a child, were killed in a series of junta massacres during military operations against the civilian resistance.

A resident told The Irrawaddy on Monday that people would face shortages of food and drugs in Kani Township soon as troops had cut off all transport into the township.

Troops at the entrances of the township are detaining or threatening Kani residents who leave the township, the resident said.

The regime has cut access to the internet and other telecommunications in the township.

“They are committing war crimes, massacring civilians in our township,” the resident said. “They stop food and drugs, trade and access to the internet. It feels like genocide by the regime.”

People from 10 villages in Depayin Township in Sagaing Region have fled their homes due to military raids since Sunday. Heavy explosives were used on the villages and homes were ransacked, according to residents.

The NUG said Mandalay Region reported the second-largest amount of violence with 44 cases in July.

It reported 12 explosions, 18 attacks against junta troops and three shootouts, including two with the People Defense Force.

During the conflicts, three troops and 14 civilians were killed and 17 injured.

By Monday, more than 960 people have been killed by the regime during crackdowns, raids, arrests and random shootings, according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners that is documenting deaths and arrests since Feb. 1 coup.

More than 7,000 people, including elected government leaders, National League for Democracy members, protesters, activists, journalists, writers and artists, have also been detained by the junta.


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