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Tuesday, 6 September 2011


Contact: Roland Watson, roland@dictatorwatch.org


September 5, 2011

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We have posted a report prepared by a Shan activist, Hkun Hom, based on
information provided by the Shan State Army - North. The report describes
an attack by the Burma Army against the SSA on June 3, 2011, using what
are believed to be chemical weapons. If true, this is a war crime by
Burma’s military regime.

On June 3rd, the Burma Army launched a major attack against the SSA’s
Wanhai headquarters. The attack began with an extended artillery assault,
after which BA troops engaged in a battle with the SSA. Even though the
SSA troops were far outnumbered, the BA suffered some twenty killed in
action casualties.

Following the battle the BA removed their dead and wounded. They then
fired a short volley of mortars, four shells in total. These landed some
eighty meters from an SSA outpost. The mortars released an unusual smoke,
which drifted with the prevailing winds over the outpost. Of the SSA
soldiers located there, one died and the others suffered immediate and
debilitating health problems. They were ultimately evacuated to a hospital
in Thailand for treatment. Their blood tests revealed a number of
abnormalities, consistent across all the soldiers, but the Thai doctors
were not informed that they were the victims of a suspected chemical
weapons attack.

The SSA are calling for doctors who are proficient in this type of
medicine to review the results. They are willing to cooperate with
additional investigation.

Other gas attacks have been reported in previous years, as well as the
delivery of chemical weapon mortar shells to the Burma Army from North
Korea. The International Community should take these allegations
seriously, and act decisively to ensure that such attacks are not

One possible explanation for the attack is obvious. The Burma Army
suffered great losses in the Wanhai battle. Their local commander decided
to retaliate. The gas mortars were purposely launched so that they would
land upwind from the SSA position, and the gas would drift over it.

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