Summary of News

1. Acting President Duwa Lashi La and Defence Minister U Yee Mon visit KIA frontline

As per reports from frontline sources, Acting President Duwa Lashi La and Union Minister of Defence U Yee Mon recently made a visit to the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) frontlines.

Photographs captured during the visit show cordial interactions between them and KIA Gorkha officials and fellow comrades.

2. Home Affairs Minister U Lwin Ko Latt visits the PDF comrades on the west bank of Sittaung River

U Lwin Ko Latt, Union Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, recently paid a visit to the People’s Defence Force (PDF) comrades on the west bank of Sittaung River and gave encouraging words.

Union Minister U Lwin Ko Latt remarked, “Being able to carry out strategic operations like this and achieve enhancements is mainly due to the leadership provided by our alliance, KNLA, along with the disciplined adherence to orders and the powerful combat capabilities of our PDF columns. The alliance relations not only serve as the primary victory key to ultimately defeating the terrorist military junta but are also significant for the establishment of a new federal union. The improvement of alliance relations is directly proportional to the success of the revolution; hence, it is important to foster mutual trust not only among responsible leaders and commanders but also among fellow comrades.”

Subsequently, the Union Minister engaged in discussions with the deputy regional commander and individuals in charge of the columns. Following this, the commanders of the columns provided the Union Minister with briefings on security and ground conditions.

3. Human Rights Minister U Aung Myo Min spoke about unfulfilled justice for Christmas Eve Moso Village Massacre victims in Karenni State

On December 24, Union Minister of Human Rights U Aung Myo Min conveyed through his Facebook post that justice has not yet been served for the civilians who were massacred in Moso village, Hpruso Township, Karenni State, on Christmas Eve two years ago.

“When Christmas comes, my thoughts invariably turn to the tragic incident in Moso Village, Hpruso Township. We have not yet achieved justice for the civilians who were massacred on Christmas Eve. Until now, there are still individuals who have not been able to enjoy a peaceful Christmas,” stated the Union Minister.

Union Minister U Aung Myo Min further called on collective efforts for the children and citizens who are scared amid the sounds of the planes and bombs to be able to once again enjoy a peaceful Christmas as soon as possible.

On December 24, 2021, in Moso village, Hpruso Township, Karenni State, the military junta arrested and burned to death at least 35 civilians, including children and women, along with their vehicles, according to the official release by the KNDF. The massacre was confirmed to have occurred at 1:18 p.m. Myanmar time on that day.

4. Prosecution of the Moso Village Massacre committed by the terrorist military group is underway in Germany and other international courts with universal jurisdiction

On December 24, Deputy Minister of Human Rights Khun Baham Htan revealed through social media that the massacre committed by the terrorist military group in Moso village, Hpruso Township, is under prosecution in Germany and other international courts exercising universal jurisdiction.

“Today, December 24, 2023, marks the second anniversary of the Moso incident, which is a tragic and heartbreaking event that remains indelibly etched in the memory of the Karenni people. Recognizing the gravity of the Moso incident as a serious international crime, the Ministry of Human Rights has systematically gathered evidence and has already submitted it to the Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) for prosecution in international courts. What sets this case apart is its designation as a valid case for prosecution in international courts, and efforts are currently underway to bring it to trial in Germany. Apart from Germany, efforts are being made to pursue legal action for this case in other international courts with Universal Jurisdiction. Given the robust evidence we have obtained, we strongly believe that justice will be achieved at some point,” the Deputy Minister stated.

Deputy Minister Khun Baham Htan further indicated that these records included specific evidence, including individual medical examination records personally assessed by expert doctors, the medical documentation from post-mortem examinations, and testimony provided by eyewitnesses.

On December 24, 2021, in Moso village, Hpruso Township, Karenni State, the military junta arrested and burned to death at least 35 civilians, including children and women, along with their vehicles, according to the official release by the KNDF.

5. Junta’s Sagaing Region Chief Minister Targeted by Remote-Controlled IEDs During the December Public Sport Movement Ceremony in Monywa

Local defense forces launched an attack against Chief Minister Myat Kyaw of the junta’s Sagaing Region government at Kantharyar Park in Monywa, Sagaing Region, using improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The attack, executed by the Golden Eagle Force-Monywa, occurred at 7:00 a.m. during the organization of a December public sport movement ceremony, which was under tight security.

The Golden Eagle Force-Monywa reported that despite the attack being aimed at the chief minister, the explosive detonated late due to IED jammers, resulting in injuries to some junta troops and non-CDM employees. Additionally, the chief minister’s wife reportedly experienced a shock-induced heart attack and was subsequently hospitalized.

The operation was a collaborative effort by the Golden Eagle Force-Monywa and another urban guerrilla force. The Golden Eagle Force-Monywa has cautioned the public to stay away from members of the military junta as operations are anticipated to escalate.

6. TNLA Declares Capture of All Junta Bases and Successful Control of Mantong Town

On the morning of December 24, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) officially announced the successful clearance of all military junta bases in Mantong Town, located in northern Shan State, including the headquarters of a division directly commanded by the Tactical Operation Command’s leader, and the successful seizure of Mantong Town.

The TNLA initiated offensives against junta bases in the Mantong area, which is within its Brigade 3 military territory, starting on December 19. By 6:30 p.m. on December 22, they had completed the final capture of bases, including Infantry Battalion 130, Hkomone outpost, Loiseng hilltop outpost, militia outpost, police station, and all military junta offices in Mantong. Subsequently, the TNLA officially announced the success of their operation.

Up until December 23, the PSLF/TNLA had successfully seized control of the towns of Monglon, Namhsan, and Namhkam. The latest capture of Mantong Town on December 24 signifies the fourth town to fall under their complete control.

According to the announcement, throughout the 4-day-long battle for the capture of Mantong Town, the TNLA seized two 155mm howitzers, along with various military firearms, mines, ammunition, and other equipment.

Additionally, the announcement highlighted that during the 4-day battle, the military junta carried out a total of 265 aerial attacks, which consisted of 1,038 bombings and 137 instances of artillery fire from junta ground bases. This resulted in an average of 66 aerial attacks with 259 bombings, setting a new record during Operation 1027, as documented by the TNLA.

The TNLA also reported instances of the military junta targeting civilians during the operation, leading to the injury of a resident of Mantong. Additionally, religious buildings, a monastery, and 15 houses were intentionally destroyed by the junta through artillery fire and aerial attacks.

7. Six Military Junta Troops Killed and Two PDF Comrades Fallen in Launglon Battle

The Launglon People’s Defence Force (LLPDF) reported on December 22 that six military junta troops were killed and two PDF comrades fell during a battle that took place in Launglon Town, Tanintharyi Region, on December 20.

On the morning of December 20, combined local defence forces, waiting to intercept a military junta convoy departing from Launglon Town, encountered a military junta force, resulting in the fall of two members of the combined local defence forces.

Subsequently, around 4:30 p.m., the combined defence forces initiated simultaneous attacks on three locations in Launglon Town where junta troops and militias were stationed, utilizing both large and small firearms. During the attack, the junta troops abandoned their camps, leading to the capture and destruction of two junta camps by the combined defence forces using fire. The attacks, carried out jointly by the Launglon People’s Defence Force (LLPDF) and other member forces of the Ba Htoo Column, lasted for about an hour. Six junta troops were reportedly killed, and the combined defense forces seized some weapons and ammunition.

8. Attack on a vehicle carrying notorious corporal Tin Maung Aye and other military junta troops in Theinzayat, Mon State, results in three deaths

The Theinzayat Local PDF reported that on December 23, around 10:30 a.m., they launched an attack on a black Honda Fit carrying notorious Corporal Tin Maung Aye and three other military junta troops from Artillery Battalion 301 in Theinzayat, Kyaikto Township, Mon State. The attack took place near the No. 1 extension ward (Ywa Lay village) of Theinzayat Town, utilizing 40mm artillery and small firearms. According to the Theinzayat Local PDF, two individuals in the head compartment of the car died instantly, while one person in the back compartment sustained severe injuries. Another individual in the back compartment managed to escape during the exchange of gunfire. The injured individual also reportedly died from severe injuries upon reaching the hospital.

Despite junta members spreading news that the escaping individual was Corporal Tin Maung Aye and the names of the two deceased were hidden, the Theinzayat Local PDF asserted that one of the two individuals deceased in the head compartment could be Tin Maung Aye.

Corporal Tin Maung Aye is notorious for engaging in illegal activities such as gambling, smuggling, and drug-related offenses in the Theinzayat area. He has also been involved in the arrest, torture, and killing of individuals who disagreed with him, labeling them as PDF members.

According to a local resident, Corporal Tin Maung Aye had previously survived four attacks before the recent incident in which he was shot.

After the shooting incident, it was reported that the junta troops engaged in indiscriminate shootings near Theinzayet market and also launched artillery shells towards Ywa Lay village.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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