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Resurgence of violence in Moe Bye: Children killed, religious buildings destroyed

February 1st, 2023  •  Author:   Myanmar Witness  •  1 minute read
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Key Event Details

  • Location of Incident: Hpar Lai Nang Pei (ဖါလိုင်နန်းပဲ) (also known as Warisu Palai (ဝါရီဆူးပလိုင်)) [19.720360, 97.094048] and Moe Bye town (မိုးဗြဲမြို့) (also spelt Moebye or Mobye), Pekon Township (ဖယ်ခုံမြို့နယ်), southern Shan state (ရှမ်းပြည်နယ်တောင်ပိုင်း) [19.744369, 97.093033].

  • Date/Time of Incidents: Multiple dates

  • Armed clashes: 8-12 September 2022

  • Attack on the Pagoda: 16 September 2022

  • Alleged Perpetrator(s) and/or Involvement: 

  • State Administration Council (SAC)

  • People’s Defence Force (PDF)

  • Karenni National Defence Forces (KNDF)

  • Karenni Revolutionary Union (KRU)

  • Urban Revolutionary Front (URF)

  • Karenni Generation Z (KGZ)

  • Summary of Investigation:

  • Clashes in Moe Bye lasted for five consecutive days and led to the destruction of residential, commercial and public structures and allegedly the death of a child.

  • SAC troops appear to have occupied Mary Mother of God church (ဘုရား၏သန့်ရှင်းသော မယ်တော်ဘုရားကျောင်း).

  • Myanmar Witness has verified the presence of Chinese made K-8 fighter jets, which were spotted above the town on several occasions.

  • At least four people, including two children, were allegedly killed as shells hit the Mwedaw Pagoda (မွေတော်ဘုရား) on 16 September 2022.

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