Written by KNG
Saturday, 29 August 2009 15:43
The battle between Burmese troops and ethnic Kokang rebels is becoming fiercer and intensifying in the rebel territories along the Sino-Burma border in northeast Shan State, said frontline sources.
Nearly 30,000 refugees, especially a Chinese clan Kokang have fled to different areas in Chinese territory by crossing the border since the escalation of military tension between the Burmese Army and the rebels on August 8, said border sources.
Chinese authorities have opened seven refugee camps in its territory bordering Kokang and are supplying food, drinking water, first aid and providing huts. The Chinese are also dropping food from military aircraft to Kokang refugees outside refugee camps in different areas, said border sources.
Rebel sources said most refugees fled to China as of August 24 (Thursday), the night when Burmese soldiers wearing police uniforms overran the rebel’s headquarters Laogai without a single shot being fired. Continue reading “Battle Between Burmese Army And Kokang Intensifies”
Fighting in Kokang continues
Hostilities that broke out on Thursday (27 August) continued for the second day yesterday but on a lower intensity probably due to China’s intervention, according to sources.
The main clashes took place in:
• Yanglongjai, just south of the Laogai-Nansan cross border checkpoint, according to a report by the pro-Bai Souqian faction that had ousted his former boss Peng Jiasheng
• And on the Kokang-Wa-Yunnan triangle area, where the Burma Army has been attempting to dislodge troops loyal to Peng from their mountain bases at Qingsuihe
Some 4-500 United Wa State Army (UWSA) fighters had taken part in the defense of the bases, according to a ceasefire source. “The fighting stopped at about 13:00,” he said. “The Burma Army’s attacking force is said to be waiting for reinforcements from the rear.”
It would nevertheless take some time before the back-up units arrive, said other sources, because some of the bridges were demolished by the rebels. Continue reading “Some 4-500 United Wa State Army (UWSA) fighters had taken part in the defense of the bases, according to a ceasefire source. “The fighting stopped at about 13:00,” he said. “The Burma Army’s attacking force is said to be waiting for reinforcements from the rear.””