Resistance Fighters Suffer Heavy Losses During Sagaing Clash With Myanmar Junta

By The Irrawaddy 18 February 2022

At least 12 resistance fighters were reportedly killed during a clash with Myanmar’s regime forces in Khin-U Township, Sagaing Region, on Thursday.

Resistance forces, mostly armed with homemade weapons, attacked about 80 regime troops who were looting and torching houses in Myothit village in the west of Khin-U township, according to media and resistance groups.

The regime forces looted houses and stole bags of rice using three trucks, according to the Armed Revolutionary Force (ARF) of Khin-U that was involved in the attack.

A spokesman for the group said six ARF fighters were confirmed killed and there were other casualties. The military casualties are unknown.

The flat land and improvised firearms meant the resistance fighters were vulnerable to the regime’s automatic weapons, said the spokesman.

Photos show the bodies of resistance fighters with their firearms.

“We don’t mind fighting in an open field. Our main problem is having no proper weapons so we suffered heavy losses. Please can people and the National Unity Government supply us,” he said. “We all vowed to fight until the military dictatorship falls.”

During the junta raid on Myothit village more than 1,000 residents fled their homes.

The junta is facing daily attacks from people’s defense forces and many ethnic armed groups across the country.

The military regime continues atrocities including torture, burning people alive, massacres, arbitrary killings, using civilian detainees as human shields, shelling residential areas, looting and burning houses, especially in Magwe and Sagaing regions and Chin, Kachin, Shan, Kayah and Karen states.

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