About 1,500 soldiers and more than 150 resistance fighters have been killed in Myanmar’s southeastern Kayah state in the past 15 months.

The Irrawaddy reported this information in a report.

Armed resistance against the military junta began in the region in May last year. There, more than 150 resistance fighters were killed in clashes with the army. And the number of displaced people in the state has reached two lakh. In addition, 1,180 houses and 25 religious buildings were destroyed in the state due to the junta’s air and artillery attacks as well as arson.

Several People’s Defense Forces (PDF), including the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force (KNDF), the Karenni Army (KA), are fighting the junta across Kayah. A similar resistance struggle is underway in neighboring southern Shan State.

Last Thursday, a group called the Progressive Karenni People Force (PKPF) said that 1,499 junta soldiers had been killed in Kayah state as of August 31. On the other hand, 151 resistance fighters were killed. During this time 454 fights took place in the area.

In addition, 261 civilians and 61 internally displaced persons have been killed by the junta in Kayah state in the last 15 months. And the junta authorities arrested 261 people.

The junta government has deployed many troops in Kayah state. They are regularly attacking various houses and resistance fighters in the state.

(September 4)