Summary of News

1. Foreign Affairs Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung asserts that waves of resistance will persist in various forms until the downfall of the military junta, guaranteeing the establishment of a federal democratic union

In a December interview with a news media outlet, Daw Zin Mar Aung, the Union Minister of Foreign Affairs for the National Unity Government, stated that various forms of resistance will continue until the military junta is overthrown, thereby ensuring the establishment of a federal democratic union.

“Following the one-year plan developed at the beginning of 2023, we successfully executed it and pressurized the military junta over the first quarter, the second quarter, and now we are at the end of the final quarter. If we were asked about how far was expected, my response would be that this revolution will persist in various forms of waves until the downfall of the military junta, thereby guaranteeing the establishment of a federal democratic union. We will persist in our efforts until we attain our political objectives,” Union Minister Daw Zin Mar Aung stated.

The military junta is experiencing defeats on all fronts, including military, political, diplomatic, and economic. Additionally, it is gradually losing control over towns in northern Shan State, one after another.

2. Allied revolutionary forces successfully captured crucial military junta hilltop outposts in Pekon Township

On December 29, Mobye-Pekon Operation 1111 announced that the allied revolutionary forces successfully took over two junta hilltop outposts located in Shwe Pyi Aye and Loipata villages next to Pekon Town and subsequently secured control over the route leading to and from Pekon Town.

The group has requested civilians refrain from accessing the town and advised residents of the Mobye-Pekon area, who were displaced by the fighting, not to immediately return home for their safety due to the risk of junta airstrikes and artillery shelling.

3. A junta troop from Lashio surrenders to the TNLA along with a firearm

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) of the Palaung State Liberation Front (PSLF) announced that a junta soldier named Hein Min Oo from the 512th Light Infantry Battalion deployed in Lashio Town surrendered to the TNLA on December 28. He surrendered along with a firearm and more than 200 rounds of ammunition, according to the TNLA’s statement.

Another junta soldier from the 362nd Light Infantry Battalion deployed in Kone Sone village, Lashio Township, surrendered on December 8, also with weapons and ammunition. The PSLF/TNLA encourages soldiers, police, and civil servants serving under the military junta to join the public side and surrender.

4. Junta column from 77th Infantry Division and Shanni Nationalities Army (SNA) in Indaw investigates and tortures civilians

According to the Indaw Revolution (IR) group, on December 29, a combined column of approximately 70 soldiers from the military junta forces and the Shanni Nationalities Army (SNA) departed from Indaw Town at 5:00 a.m., heading towards Moe Yuu village, located south of Indaw Town. Meanwhile, around 100 troops from the 77th Infantry Division, positioned at the Naba intersection and Naba village at the northeast exit of Indaw Town, persist in scrutinizing civilians and conducting arrests and tortures of those they consider suspicious.

While marching on, the military junta columns have been engaging in attacks against civilians, as well as carrying out arrests and subjecting individuals to torture.

5. Military junta destroys the Moe Tay Chaung Bridge linking Namtu and Hsipaw in Northern Shan State

The Moe Tay Chaung Bridge in northern Shan State was destroyed by the military junta forces on the evening of December 28, as reported by local sources.

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) confirmed in a statement that the junta’s 503rd and 504th Light Infantry Battalions deliberately demolished the bridge using mines at 6:00 p.m. on December 28.

The Moe Tay Chaung Bridge served as a crucial link connecting Hsipaw, Namsan, Namtu, and Mongton.

6. Civilian casualties continue to occur in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State, due to the military junta’s heavy weapon attacks and airstrikes

Ongoing heavy weapon fires and airstrikes conducted by the military junta in Mrauk-U, Rakhine State, continue to cause civilian casualties.

On December 28, at around 10:00 a.m., the military junta’s 540th and 377th Light Infantry Battalions, both based in Mrauk-U, intentionally and indiscriminately fired at least 10 artillery shells, causing two shells to explode inside villages. This led to the injuries of five civilians, including a 12-year-old Muslim girl, in Paung Toke village and the injuries of five civilians in Kaing Taw village, including a child.

Additionally, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a military fighter jet deliberately carried out four bombing attacks on Myaung Bwe village and its vicinity. This led to the deaths of two young Muslim men and injuries to six other civilians in Kaing Taw village. The bombings also caused property damage in Kaing Taw village. Furthermore, in Buu Talone village near Myaung Bew Bridge, a Muslim woman lost her life, and another civilian lost his leg due to bomb shrapnel.

#Credit : Radio NUG

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