Thai-Myanmar Border Region Experienced Escalated Conflict


The Thai-Myanmar border region experienced escalated conflict today (Apr 20), as resistance forces targeted Myanmar’s military Battalion 275 with mortar and drone strikes. The assault took place beneath the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge No. 2 near Yebu village in Myawaddy Township, Kayin State, just 1.5 kilometers from the border. The sound of gunfire was distinctly audible from Mae Sot district in Tak province.

To address the rising tensions, the Royal Thai Air Force dispatched two F-16 fighter jets to patrol the border regions in Kamphaeng Phet and Tak provinces, a firm stance against airspace violations.

Meanwhile, in Mae Hong Son province, the resistance launched 60 mm mortars, some of which landed within Thai territory in Sob Moei subdistrict. The area near the Yuam River in Mae Sam Laep subdistrict was also impacted by 120 mm mortars the previous day, though no injuries or damage were reported.

Over the past week, the intensity of conflict in Myawaddy has decreased slightly following its capture by resistance forces. However, the Myanmar military is actively attempting to recapture the area. New facilities have been established to detain captured Myanmar soldiers, adding to those under the management of the National Karen Army, which currently holds over 600 detainees.

Experts indicate that the conflict in Myanmar has intensified into a full-scale war, with the government maintaining control over critical military and strategic locations despite the resistance’s attempts to carve out liberated zones.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.