The entire city-market was reportedly burnt to ashes due to the junta military’s aerial bombardment on Moemeik town in Northern Shan State, according to local people.
More than 300 shops and some houses were reportedly burnt to ashes in the Junta’s airstrikes on Moemeik town at around 7:00 p.m. on January 19.
“My shop was burned down, and it was all burnt to ashes. There was not even a pillar left. I dare not go outside. As soon as they saw people, they started shooting. So no one dares to put out the fire,” a Moemeik resident said.
The fire started to burn at 7:00 p.m., but the fire was not extinguished until 3 hours later, so we were concerned that the houses inside Moemeik town would catch fire, he explained.
“We can do nothing at this time. We are just watching this. We also have to be afraid of being shot with a gun and airstrikes. So, we can just watch my shop burn,” a woman who owns a grocery store at Moemeik market, said.
A fierce battle has been going on since January 18, between the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and PDF Joint Forces, and the military junta in Moemeik town.
According to the information reported during the fighting, 3 local residents were killed and some residents who were preparing to flee were reportedly trapped inside the town of Moemeik.
In addition, the KIA and PDF joint forces have reportedly captured the police station and departmental offices in Moemeik.