The Pa-O National Liberation Army (PNLA) announced that they captured Hsihseng Town in the Pa-O region of Southern Shan State on January 27.
Since January 24, there has been a fierce battle between the military junta troops, its subordinate PNO (militia), and the PNLA joint forces in Hsihseng town. About 100,000 local people, including IDPs from Karenni, are fleeing the war again.
“We can say that the entire town is under control. But the military junta troops and its (PNO) militia are still firing heavy weapons,” said a source close to the PNLA.
During the battle, some buildings of the Pa-O people’s most sacred place—Kaung Mu Bua Village Monastery, Aria Maggin Religious Hall inside Hokhe Monastery, and many homes of the local people—were also reported to have been destroyed.
“The fighting is not calm yet; heavy weapons are being fired from Hsaikhawng. The residents of Hsaikhawng have all fled. And there is a possibility that the fighting will continue in Hsaikhawng,” said a man from Hsihseng.
The PNLA joint force was able to control the police station, township general administrative department, and other departments in Hsihseng Town.
Two women, including one child, were injured due to an aerial bombardment by the junta’s Air on Hsihseng on January 26.
The Pa’O National Liberation Army (PNLA) announced on January 27 that it will not fight Pa’O people against each other in battles of Hsihseng Town but to move and stand from the exploited life that operates the military dictatorship to the path of national liberation as soon as possible.