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Amnesty International traces jet fuel shipments; Mandalay PDF claims at least 36 military outposts seized

Amnesty International traces jet fuel shipments

Amnesty International released a report on July 8 documenting 2-3 shipments of aviation fuel to the military from January to June this year despite growing global calls to place sanctions on the supply chain to halt airstrikes against civilians.

“The Myanmar military is relying on the very same Chinese vessel and Vietnamese companies to import its aviation fuel, despite Amnesty International having already exposed that reckless supply chain,” said Agnes Callamard, the secretary general of Amnesty International.

In January, Amnesty exposed how the military was importing aviation fuel throughout 2023, following sanctions imposed on parts of its supply chain. As with the previous aviation fuel shipments, the latest were bought and sold multiple times before reaching the last leg from Vietnam to Burma, the report added.

Mandalay PDF claims at least 36 military outposts seized

The Mandalay People’s Defense Force (MPDF) claimed on Monday that it has seized control of at least 36 military outposts in Madaya and Singu townships of Mandalay Region during “Operation Shan-Man,” which refers to the twin offensives launched in Mandalay and northern Shan State by resistance forces on June 25. 

“Fifteen military personnel, including a Lieutenant Colonel, were arrested with many weapons when we seized control of five more military outposts in Singu Township,” said an MPDF spokesperson. 

The military deployed at the strategic outpost in Mogok Township of northern Mandalay Region fired artillery shells, which destroyed some residential areas. “We heard the sound of weapons and artillery shelling,” said a Mogok resident. 

Man suspected of killing wife returned to Thailand

A group monitoring human rights in Burma based in Thailand reported that a man accused of killing his wife in Mae Sot, then crossed the border into Karen State, was transferred from Karen National Union (KNU) custody to the Thai authorities for further investigation on July 7.

“The defendant was transferred to the Thai side. He also admitted his guilt during a conversation I had with him,” Htake Htar, a member of the human rights group, shared on her social media account. 

Htet Htet Zaw died in April from a brain hemorrhage after being allegedly assaulted by her husband. Htake Htar praised the KNU Lion Battalion for detaining the man and handing him over to Thai authorities once it was established that he may have killed his wife, Htet Htet Zaw. 

News by Region

The Myanmar Red Cross Society conducts health inspections and chlorination of drinking water in Thaketa and neighboring townships since July 6. (Credit: MRCS)

YANGON—At least 40 cases of cholera have been reported in Thaketa and Dawbon townships since July 3. The regime’s Chief Minister of Yangon Region has issued a warning to the public that his administration would address the outbreak with the same urgency as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“My child exhibited symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea. We sent her to the Yangon General Hospital for treatment,” one parent told DVB. There have been no reported fatalities due to the cholera outbreak in Yangon as of July 8. 

CHINLAND—Nearly 200 Matupi Township residents from six villages are in need of food aid and medicine to treat illness. The Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were forced to flee their homes during the fighting between the two factions of the Chin resistance: the Chin Brotherhood and the Chin National Army (CNA), which is the armed force of the Chinland Council, on June 18. 

“We don’t know when we can go home,” said a Matupi resident. A Chinland Defense Force (CDF) Matupi spokesperson told DVB that it is unable to administer or reconstruct Matupi due to the threat of attack by the CNA. The Chin Brotherhood seized Matupi town on June 29. Chin resistance forces now control 11 towns across Chinland.  

KAREN—The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) regained territory lost to the military during its Operation Aung Zeya along the Kawkareik-Myawaddy Road, also known as the Asia Highway, on Monday. “We will try to retake Kawkareik [Township],” said a KNLA spokesperson. 

The KNLA claimed that more than 10 civilians have been killed and more than 600 homes have been destroyed during fighting between Karen resistance forces and the military since December 2023. Thousands of Kawkareik residents have been forced to flee their homes and are now IDPs in need of assistance. 

NAYPYIDAW—Regime media reported on July 8 that Chinese New Year was officially designated a national public holiday beginning next year, in 2025. It added that this decision was made “to further strengthen friendship” between the neighboring countries. The Embassy of China shared a message to social media: “Chinese New Year is paid respect.” 

A political analyst told DVB on the condition of anonymity that this announcement was likely aimed at addressing the fact that the China-brokered peace agreement between the military and the Brotherhood Alliance in northern Shan State signed on Jan. 11 collapsed on July 3 as fighting resumed. Soe Win was the first regime official to visit China since the 2021 military coup.  

Min Aung Hlaing speaking at the Chinese New Year festival at the National Sports Stadium (1) Thuwunna in Yangon on Feb. 19. (Credit: Regime media)

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