Myanmar Junta Troops Step Up Sagaing Raids

By The Irrawaddy 12 May 2022

More than 20 houses were razed by regime forces and a 65-year-old civilian was injured by junta artillery in Khin-U Township, Sagaing Region, on Wednesday.

Around 60 regime troops burned about four houses in Kar Sein village in the township.

The troops were ambushed with mines near Yar Daw village by resistance forces.

A resistance fighter said he did not know if there were any junta casualties.

“A 65-year-old civilian was injured by junta artillery,” said Khin-U Guerilla Force’s commander.

Three civilians were arrested and two were tortured on the road and they are in a critical condition, according to the resistance.

Troops then attacked Ma Kyee Oak village and burned 13 houses and damaged seven others.

Sagaing Region has Myanmar’s most active resistance groups and junta troops have increasingly carried out indiscriminate attacks on civilians, including air and artillery strikes, arbitrary killings and looting and burning houses.

On May 2, regime forces burned more than 300 houses in Inpat village in Khin-U Township and a 40-year-old man was killed.

Resistance fighters said before they could stop regime attacks but now they lacked the weapons to repulse troops who attack every day in the township.

Khin-U had the highest number of houses burned by the regime in Sagaing Region in April with about 529 destroyed and 972 burned in total since the 2021 coup, according to independent research group Data for Myanmar.

The group estimated in April that over 11,417 houses have been torched by the regime in Myanmar and Sagaing Region has suffered the heaviest damage, losing 7,503 houses.

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