FROM THE DVB NEWSROOM
Since Operation 1027 was launched by the Brotherhood Alliance on Oct. 27, over 200 military outposts and 20 towns have been seized by resistance forces nationwide. But the majority of military losses on the battlefield have occurred in northern Shan state.
The Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), and the Arakan Army (AA), have seized the key towns of Chinshwehaw, Konkyan, Hpawngseng, Monekoe, Kyukoke (Pang Hseng), Kunlong and Namhkam. Fighting with the military continues in Hsenwi, Namkham and in Muse at the 105 Mile Trade Zone.
There are over 40,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Laukkai, located in the Kokang Self-Administered Zone of northern Shan State. The MNDAA spokesperson Li Kyar Win told DVB that the town could be seized at any moment. He claimed that Brigadier General and Chief of the No. 12 Operation Command Headquarters Aung Zaw Lin was killed by the MNDAA. The military rejects this claim.
In Sagaing Region, Kawlin, Khampat and Shwe Pyi Aye towns have been captured by the People’s Defense Force (PDF) under the leadership of the National Unity Government (NUG). Fighting is ongoing in Tigyaing and Taze. The military is reportedly preparing to deploy its forces to take back control of Khampat.
The Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) was able to seize Mone Township in Bago Region, but fighting also broke out in Kawkareik Township of Karen State. The NUG said the KNLA had succeeded in seizing Mone town but the military again rejected these claims. Fighting between forces led by the KNLA and the military continues.
The Karenni Army (KA) spokesperson Colonel Bhone Naing confirmed to DVB that Karenni forces are in control of Mese town and 80 percent of the capital city, Loikaw. The Karenni are attempting to seize the strategic town of Moebye, located in southern Shan State, from the military.
In Chin State, the Chin National Army (CNA/CNF) spokesperson Salai Htet Ni, confirmed to DVB that Rikhawdar, Hnaring, Surkhua, Mkui Imnu, Waibula, Lalengpi and Rezua have been seized from the military. Fighting between Chin forces and the military continues.
In Arakan State, the AA stated that there were clashes in Pauktaw, Mrauk-U, Minbya and Ann town. The Taronai military outpost in Paletwa Township of Chin State was seized after more than 20 days of fighting. The Hnonebu military outpost is now under attack.
DVB states that more than 607 soldiers, police and pro-military militia members have surrendered. The NUG claims that more than 43,500 military personnel have been killed and 20,000 have defected or surrendered to resistance forces since it announced its “People’s Defensive War” against the military in September 2021.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) states that there are now over 500,000 IDPs since fighting began on Oct. 26. In addition, 283 civilians have been killed and 334 others have been injured due to the fighting.