Renewed fighting in Karen State, one week after the first election related clashes in Myawaddy, causes hundreds of refugees to flee across the border ကရင္ျပည္နယ္တြင္လက္နက္ကိုင္ပစ္ခတ္မႈမ်ားထပ္မံျဖစ္ေပၚ- ရာေပါင္းမ်ားစြာေသာဒုကၡသည္မ်ား နယ္စပ္ျဖတ္ေက်ာ္ထြက္ေျပး
Hundreds of refugees have fled a second wave of fighting along Burma’s border with Thailand close to Waw Lay, a former stronghold of a breakaway Karen army faction.
Estimates of the number of people sheltering in Thailand’s Phop Phra district, in Tak province, vary: a source on the border told DVB that 350 refugees fled, while the Bangkok Post put the figure at 600.
A week ago some 20,000 people, the majority from Myawaddy town in Karen state, poured into Thailand after clashes erupted between a renegade faction of the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) and Burmese troops.
While most of these returned several days later, the situation along the border still remains volatile. The fighting yesterday was triggered after DKBA troops returned to their base at Waw Lay, which was captured last week, and encountered a Burmese army soldiers.
A DKBA official told DVB that troops that the group had also attacked the nearby Bayinnaung Hill and Kanaelay army outposts. The Burmese army retaliated by firing artillery shells into Waw Lay, injuring two villagers who are now in hospital in Thailand’s border town of Mae Sot.
Schools in Myawaddy meanwhile have reopened after closing last week as the town emptied of residents. The main market, where several locals were killed in the crossfire in 8 November, has also been teeming with people since it reopened.
Army checkpoints that were set up along the road into Myawaddy prior to elections have also been removed, although one resident said that toll fee for freight trucks carrying goods from Thailand into Burma have been raised from 50,000 kyat ($US50) to 80,000 kyat ($US80) per truck.
DKBA ခြဲထြက္ အဖြဲ႕၏ အမာခံနယ္ေျမျဖစ္ေသာ ေ၀ၚေလႏွင့္နီးရာ ထိုင္း-ျမန္မာနယ္စစ္ ဒုတိယအၾကိမ္ေျမာက္ လက္နက္ကိုင္ပစ္ခတ္မႈမ်ားေၾကာင့္ ရာေပါင္းမ်ားစြာေသာ ဒုကၡသည္မ်ား ထြက္ေျပးတိမ္းေရွာင္ခဲ့ရေၾကာင္း သိရသည္။
တပ္ခရိုင္၊ ဖုတ္ဖရေဒသတြင္ ခိုလံႈေနေသာ ထြက္ေျပးတိမ္းေရွာင္သူအေရအတြက္ ခန္႕မွန္းေျခတြက္ခ်က္မႈမ်ား တူညီမႈမရွိေပ။ သက္ေသတစ္ဦမွ ထြက္ေျပးတိမ္းေရွာင္သူ ၃၅၀ ၀န္းက်င္ရွိသည္ဟု DVB သို႕ေျပာေသာ္လည္း Bangkok Post သတင္းစာၾကီးမွ ဒုကၡသည္ေပါင္း ၆၀၀ ခန္႕ရွိသည္ဟု ေဖၚျပခဲ့သည္။