Yangon – The massive influx of around 10,000 people are internally displaced in Kalaymyo Township due to Myanmar junta’s operations in which residential properties in villages are ransacked, destroyed and burned to the ground, threatening the livelihoods of all surrounding villages in the area, Kalay – People Defense Force’s media statement read.
The junta operation is a part of massive Anawrahta operation in the northwest targeting local people defense forces.
According to the 2015 national census, Kalaymyo has around 400,000 population without the numbers being added from surrounding villages in its township.
Recently, Kalay – PDF has clashed with the junta troops in the areas, citing that the junta troops are raiding villages and ransacking properties and burning properties in Kalay township. This has prompted the local People Defense Force has to respond to the military junta in defense of civilians and villages.
As of 01 December, a total of 33 houses have been burned down to the ground between 29 November and 01 December and Myanmar’s junta troops are burning residential properties at Kukok village at around 12:00 pm [Myanmar Time], the statement read.
The statement released by Kalay – PDF confirms soldiers from light infantry battalion 22 are seen in the villages where the junta troops ransacked the residential properties and destroyed them.
Due to the current military ground operations in the areas, around 10,000 villagers from a combined of nine village tracks in the eastern corridor of myittamyit river have been internally displaced.
Security situation in the area remains an alarming.