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Clashes in northern Myanmar city enter second day

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A vegetable vendor waits for purchasers at a market in Lashio in Myanmar’s northern Shan State.
| Photo Credit: AFP

A Myanmar ethnic armed group clashed with junta troops for a second day in northern Shan state, residents and media stated on June 26, with two civilians reported killed within the renewed combating.

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) on Tuesday launched daybreak assaults on army positions within the city of Kyaukme, which sits on an important commerce path to China.

The assaults had been the most recent breach of a China-brokered ceasefire that ended weeks of combating in Shan state between the army and the TNLA and two different allied ethnic armed teams.

The TNLA attacked a police station in Kyaukme on Wednesday morning, a neighborhood rescue employee stated, asking for anonymity for safety causes.

“People who live in downtown do not dare to walk out of their homes,” they stated.

Another rescue employee stated two civilians had been killed and two wounded by artillery shelling on Tuesday, with out specifying from which facet.

The TNLA stated it had clashed with the army on Tuesday in Naungcho and Hsipaw townships and within the ruby mining hub of Mogok in neighbouring Mandalay area.

AFP was unable to succeed in a junta spokesman for remark.

The TNLA is a member of the so-called “Brotherhood Alliance” together with the Arakan Army (AA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA).

In a shock October offensive the alliance seized swathes of territory and a number of other profitable commerce crossings with China, dealing the junta its greatest blow because it seized energy.

In January, China brokered a ceasefire that allowed the alliance to carry on to territory it had captured, however either side have just lately accused one another of breaking the truce.

Border commerce with China in April and May was down by nearly a 3rd in comparison with the identical interval final yr, junta-controlled media reported earlier this month.

On Wednesday, Beijing stated it “consistently advocates for Myanmar to be able to restore a stable state and society as early as possible.”

“We are also willing to continue to provide any help and support we can to the progress of relevant peace talks,” international ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning stated.

In November, the AA launched its personal offensive in western Rakhine state, the place it says it’s combating for extra autonomy for ethnic Rakhine folks.

It has seized territory alongside the borders with Bangladesh and India and vowed to seize state capital Sittwe, dwelling to an India-backed deep sea port.

Myanmar’s borderlands are dwelling to a plethora of ethnic armed teams, a lot of whom have battled the army since independence from Britain in 1948 over autonomy and management of profitable sources.

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