Regime airstrikes and arson attacks destroyed an entire village in Hpakant Township, while fighter jets bombed a village outside the Kayah State capital.
With regime forces overstretched in Kayah State, Karenni resistance fighters will extend their attacks to urban areas in the upcoming rainy season.
Vice Senior General Soe Win landed in the state capital Loikaw amid heavy security on Thursday as the junta looks to quell growing resistance activity there.
Regime troops have been raiding villages in Kayah State during January and residents say they fear there may be many more bodies to find.
Residents continue to flee junta artillery and air raids, particularly in Loikaw and Demoso, with some sheltering in forests; aid efforts have been halted in some areas.
Regime forces steal from homes in the Kayah State capital Loikaw after majority of residents flee ongoing clashes.
Karenni fighters say the regime is using the state carrier to transport troops and weapons and tells locals to avoid the airport and main highway in Kayah State.
As clashes intensify in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayah State, thousands of locals have been forced to flee their villages.