Fighting in Loikaw has been fierce, with the use of helicopters by fighter jets. Tanks are also being used on the ground. Yesterday, about 30 rebels were killed and a helicopter and a tank were shot down. An armored vehicle sped off.
There was no one in the city. PDF forces are rescuing trapped people. If they were rescued, there would be casualties. Most are fleeing to Taunggyi and Hsi Hseng north of Loikaw. It is reported that the army is cracking down on refugees on the streets and is embezzling money. They are really insurgents. The number of refugees has increased by more than 100,000.