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Kachin IDPs Flee as Govt Army Seizes Camp

20 November 2013

Burmese government troops launched a fresh offensive in southern Kachin State on Sunday, a day after seizing control of a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in territory controlled by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). According to the Kachin News Group, 300 troops from the Burmese army’s Military Operation Command 21 captured the camp minutes after the arrival of a 10-vehicle aid convoy operated by Karuna Myanmar Social Services, a Catholic aid agency. KIA sources said that local civilians, including camp inhabitants, fled amid fear of further clashes. They are believed to be trying to reach a KIO controlled camp in Nbapa or a government controlled camp in Man Win near the China border.