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Mass airstrike begins as Mr Hun Sen wraps up his visit in Myanmar

Yangon – Despite Myanmar’s junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing promising Mr Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia, a commitment to a ceasefire until the end of the year at their official meeting in Nay Pyi Daw, the junta has immediately launched a mass airstrike against Karenni National Defense Force in the outskirts of Loikaw and Demoso Township of Kayah State from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, according to locals. 

The airstrikes were said to be occurring at Pan Kan and Hmine Lone – the outskirts of Loikaw – the capital city of Kayah State and 5 miles and 6 miles of Demoso Township in Kayah State, displacing hundreds of local civilians and destroying dozens of residential properties. 

The heavy fighting throughout the day on 08 January in Demoso and Loikaw areas has resulted in the deaths of more than 30 junta soldiers, and many were reportedly injured. The junta’s armoured tank has been destroyed, and 11 weapons, including a grenade launcher and its ammunition and other ammunition during the battle. 

In Demoso Township, the junta army has burned ten residential properties to the ground and looted several properties that the junta army carried away with two canter trucks, according to the Karenni National Defense Force (KNDF) in its statement on yesterday clashes. 

KNDF confirms one of its comrades from Loikaw – People Defense Force was killed during the fighting.

While the country is riddled with widespread fighting as of 08 January, the ceasefire, which the junta leader indicated to Mr Hun Sen at their meeting, is obviously not relevant to what is happening on the grounds across Myanmar.

Myanmar’s junta leader Snr Gen Min Aung Hlaing and his counterpart Mr Hun Sen of Cambodia during their official meeting at Nay Pyi Daw on 07 January 2022. Photo via Office of Cambodia Prime Minister

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