Regime troops on an island in the Ayeyarwady River shelled villagers on the riverbank in response to a resistance attack.
The arrest of U Kyaw Thura and the sealing off of his assets have sent shockwaves through the gems industry.
The attacked six embattled regime boats were carrying food, firearms and ammunition up the Irrawaddy River.
Regime airstrikes and arson attacks destroyed an entire village in Hpakant Township, while fighter jets bombed a village outside the Kayah State capital.
A combined force of the Kachin Independence Army and local resistance groups captured the camps in Hpakant Township.
The Kachin Independence Army and its allies have been trying to seize control of a key road in Kachin State.
Large numbers of regime troops are reportedly pinned down in the jade-mining hub of Hpakant.
A Myanmar military-backed militia in Kachin State is protecting Chinese-run mines that produce coveted rare earth minerals used in hi-tech products.
The Kachin Women’s Association of Thailand report accuses the regime of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The Kachin Independence Organization warns pro-regime groups and junta employees of impending attacks on them in Kachin State.
Fighting has escalated since last year across several townships in Kachin State.
Regime forces launched airstrikes four times last month in Kachin State’s Putao Township, with hundreds of villagers displaced by clashes.
The Kachin Independence Army has marked the 75th anniversary of the 1947 Panglong Agreement by demanding the National Unity Government revive its federal vision.
It is the second time in two weeks that PDF fighters and the KIA have fought regime soldiers in the remote far north of Kachin State.
The Irrawaddy speaks to David Scott Mathieson, an independent researcher on conflict and peace in Myanmar, about the current crisis and how he sees the future for the country.