Officials in northern Shan state have increased security in the area, with additional checkpoints, road closures, and other security measures likely, following clashes between the Myanmar military and insurgent groups in the region. Several clashes have occurred between Friday, September 11, and Monday, September 14, between the military and members of the Northern Alliance, which includes the Arakan Army (AA), the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), and the Ta'ang National Liberation Army (TNLA). Fighting between the military and the KIA began on Monday, before clashes were reported with the TNLA in Lashio and Tangyan townships on Sunday, September 13. Further confrontations were reported near a KIA camp in the Kyukok area of Muse district on Monday. At least 200 locals have been displaced by the latest fighting. There has been no official confirmation of casualties reported.
Further clashes are possible across the region in the coming days and increased security measures should be expected over the near term.
Outbreaks of fighting between the military and Northern Alliance groups have occurred frequently in Shan state since late 2019. The clashes are rooted in a decades-long conflict over ethnic tensions, natural resources, and demands for greater autonomy. Although a nationwide peace deal was agreed in 2015, many armed groups refused to sign the accord and several subsequent attempts to broker a resolution have failed.
Individuals in Shan state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant and military activity, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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