CLASHES between Myanmar junta troops and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) soldiers subsided at 4 p.m. yesterday (Dec. 24) and it appears that the two sides are adjusting their forces while watching for a fresh attack on targeted areas, TV Channel 7 said this morning (Dec. 25).
Lt. Col. Atthachai Aomsin-somboon, head of 346th Border Patrol Police Company, inspected the Baan Don Chai area of Mae Sot district where five RPG shells had landed and warned residents to be careful as more ammunition could fly across the border, Matichon newspaper said.
It was reported that snipers from KNLA and members of People’s Defence Force (PDF) civilian resistance groups had targeted Myanmar junta troops on patrols and killed several of them.
After the fighting had halted for an hour the Thai security officials and police coordinated to bring two injured villagers who had severe shrapnel wounds to Mae Sot Hospital for treatment in keeping with humanitarian principles.
The Thai security forces also moved 2,8 13 refugees who had been sheltering at Mae Tao Klang School since Dec. 16 to large cowsheds in Mahawan subdistrict. There are enough toilets here and it is easier to keep control.
Three other groups of refugees, totalling 473, 152 and 167, are being sheltered at another cowshed, a temple and a multipurpose building in this district.
Lt. Col. Atthachai inspecting the area where RPG shells had landed. Photos: Matichon