The Burmese army launched a series of attacks on Kokang positions in recent days using artillery, air strikes and chemical weapons, a rebel spokesman says.
At the urging of officials, hundred of civilians from northern Shan State’s war-torn Kokang region have been returned to their hometown of Laogai.
A new surge in fighting has been observed between government forces and Kokang troops close to the China-Burma border, according to a Kokang spokesperson.
Kokang residents are returning home, according to Chinese reports, as the MNDAA claim a boost in the number of its troops since recent troubles began.
The house of the head of a loyalist rebel faction comes under shell fire in Laogai.
Over forty people were injured when a a convoy of prisoners came under fire on its way to Lashio.