Myanmar Junta Issues Emergency Over Rebel Attacks

Myanmar’s military regime issued an “emergency alert” to all of its units across the country by phone on Tuesday.

Former army captain Lin Htet Aung, who has defected to the resistance, said the regime’s alert was made to prepare for resistance attacks. 

The order limits troop mobilizations and puts them on standby for attacks.

Junta troops sustained heavy casualties, especially in the Sagaing region, Karen and Kayah State, due to intensifying attacks from resistance forces who fight along with some ethnic armed organizations like the Kachin Independence Army and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA). 

More than 160 junta soldiers were reportedly killed in the first two weeks of April in over 200 clashes with the KNLA and its allies in Karen State, the group claimed.

Earlier, Myanmar’s shadow National Unity Government said it was preparing more offensives against regime troops. 

Meanwhile, another defector, former captain Nyi Thuta, said the alert was meant to prepare soldiers to reinforce frontline troops.

“That applies from commanders down to privates. They will have to be ready at all times,” Nyi Thuta said.

“It seems the regime is reacting to the resistance plan and is buying time to prepare,” Nyi Thuta added.

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