Update by the Shan Human Rights Foundation
June 5, 2014
On April 10, 2014, the Burma Army launched a large-scale offensive against Kachin Independence Army (KIA) positions on the Kachin-Shan State border, close to China. Deploying over 1,000 troops, they fired hundreds of shells to drive out the KIA, in the populated Shan farming area of Tung Loi Ho Hsur west of Namkham. The shelling caused civilian injury, and damaged temples, houses, vehicles and other property. The Burma Army troops also entered villages, looted food and livestock, and set fire to farmers’ crops, causing well over 1,000 Shan villagers from about 15 villages to flee to neighbouring towns in northern Shan State, as well as into China.