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BURMA MYANMAR Government troops burned down a Kachin refugees camp

November 30, 2012

Burmese army soldiers from 240th LIR raided a Kachin refugee camp and burned at least 50 temporary tents in northern Shan state on Nov 28. Hpaikawng refugee camp, which is located between Muse-Mungkoe in northern Shan state, was demolished and burned down by a group of Burmese army soldiers from 240th LIR, reported a local source.

Earlier in the morning, a combined force of KIA’s 36th Battalion under 4th Brigade and Kachin people militia (MHH) engaged in a battle against Burmese army’s 240th LIR near Hpaikawng village. Government soldiers, enraged by fierce fighting with Kachin forces, then turned to avenge Kachin refugees living in Hpaikawng camp in the afternoon. Most villagers in the camp are Kachin and Shan ethnic nationalities.

Burmese army soldiers forced all villagers to go inside a church in Hpaikawng village and interrogated suspected villagers. Women and children were released in the evening after questioning for hours, but about 20 men are still being detained by Burmese soldiers, said a local resident.

 

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