Armed Fighting Erupts in Southern Chin State
05 January 2011: The Burmese Army stationed in Paletwa Township, Chin State, and the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA) fought at Lapahwa Camp on 3 January 2011, ending up with four Burmese and one Arakanese soldiers dead.
Joint-Secretary 2 of the Arakan Liberation Party (ALP), Khaing Thu Ka, was quoted by the Narinjara news as saying that Lapahwa Camp of Burma Army Light Infantry Battalion No. 55 was attacked during the day and all the movements could be seen clearly.
The Arakan Liberation Army is set to carry out an increasing attack against the Burmese army on the western border in the new year, according to Khaing Thu Kha.
It is said that the Burmese army strengthened, after the attack, its military force along the border to conduct offensive operations against ALA soldiers.
“We can expect an increase in the use of forced porters and other type of human rights violations against villagers with the increase of Burmese troops,” said Field Director of Chin Human Rights Organisation, Pu Terah Thantluang. According to CHRO, the Burma Army has trippled its presence in some parts of Chin State since November last year.
There are at least 20 Burma Army camps in Paletwa Township.
The Arakan Liberation Army, ALP’s armed wing, was formed on the Thai border in 1973. It is one of the biggest ethnic revolutionary armies on the western Burmese border.
Van Biak Thang