Karen National Union and The Myanmar Military Are Fighting A Little War Near The Thai Border

Karen National Union (KNU) announced on April 27th, 2021 that they had taken control of a military base near the Thai border.
Hours after the announcement, the Myanmar military sent planes to bomb Karen billages in the area.
Early on the morning of April 17th, 2021, the Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA), the military wing of the KNU,took over the town known to the Burmese as Hpapun as the base was located there.
The Hpapun base is on the Salwenn River, exactly opposite the Thai village of Mae Sam Laep in the Hong Son province.
When the Karen forces raided, around 7 Myanmar made a run for it, according to the Karen Information Center.
Around early afternoon, the Myanmar army had launched airstrikes in the nearby village of Dagwin, some 10 miles north of Thaw Le Hta.
Padoh Mahn Mahn, the spokesperson for the KNLA, said that the residents are very concerned about the bomings in the village area.
There have been reports of Myanmar airstrikes on the Karen village of Bwa Der.
In addition to being a strategic point in terms of transportation and humanitarian aid delivery, Mae Sam Laep is also a river port from which supplies have been delivered to internally displaced people (IDPs) in KNU-controlled areas.
In response to the fighting at Thaw Le Hta on Tuesday, Thai authorities evacuated hundreds of Thai villagers from Mae Sam Laep and closed the port.
The Salween River along the Thai-Myanmar border had experienced heightened tensions prior to the fighting on April 27th, 2021.
A Thai government official later described the incident as a misunderstanding, since Myanmar troops across the river from another Thai village– Tha Hta Fung– fired warning shots at a civilian boat carrying Thai border patrol officers.
However, another KNLA spokesperson, Saw Kler Doh, told the Karen Information Center that Attacks on Thaw Le Hta on APRIL 27TH, 2021 were a response to regime troops shooting at boats along the Salween River.

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