9 August 2022
Medical Clinic in Loikaw Township attacked
On 9 August 2022, a medical facility in Daw Parpa (ဒေါပါပ) village, Loikaw township (လွိုင်ကော်) was allegedly hit by an airstrike, leading to the death of 60-year-old patient named U Ryoom. An eyewitness told Myanmar Now, “There was a lot of bombing. The fighter jet has been around for three times." No other casualties from the air attack were reported. Read Myanmar Witness’ report for more information.
Following the attack, the Karenni Nationalities Defence Force (KNDF) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported that at around 1100, the military opened fire on Daw Parpa (ဒေါပါပ) village with heavy weapons. Myanmar Now reported that the medical centre that was hit previously served internally displaced persons (IDPs). More can be read on conflict in Kayah state in a previous Myanmar Witness report: Moso Village Christmas Eve Killings.
Sources including the People’s Spring and the Irrawaddy News posted videos that show children who were visibly frightened, hiding and praying. In the background, the sound of a plane firing and a machine gun can be heard. One video interview about the incident cites the negative consequences of these attacks on children’s mental health.
Myanmar Witness geolocated multiple pieces of UGC associated with this airwar incident which contributed to its partial verification. This included: UGC showing a destroyed clinic and a damaged civilian structure, likely a home, likely due to airstrikes. There is also footage of children hiding in a school and being evacuated.
Read Myanmar Witness' report for more information.