Date:  February 18, 2022

Myanmar (International Christian Concern) – A pastor, who was also a doctor, was killed amid the intense fighting in Moe Bye on the Shan-Kayah state border on February 17.

The escalating fight occurred between the Burmese Army (Tatmadaw) and Karenni Democratic Front (KDF) since Feb. 16. The Tatmadaw has sent fighter jets to carry out airstrikes against local defense groups.

According to Chindwin News, Dr. Aung Gyi was reportedly killed yesterday by junta artillery for he had sacrificed himself in attempts to provide medical treatment for his fellow comrades fallen at the battle frontline. His body was retrieved a few hours later and taken back by KDF.

The KDF said the deceased doctor from Yangon joined the armed resistance in Kayah state and became KDF’s medic after being detained for six months by the regime.

Around 20 junta soldiers and 20 resistance fighters were also reportedly killed in Moe Bye town as fighting rages between the people’s defense forces and the Myanmar Junta. Most of Moe Bye’s 28,000 residents have fled the town due to the conflicts.

David Eubank from Free Burma Rangers also shared a video to show the village of Hwari Suplai (near Moe Bye) being burned by the Tatmadaw amid the fighting. In recent months, the junta has adopted the tactic of burning villages supportive of anti-junta movement. Many innocent civilians were not spared and had signs of being tortured before their death.

HOW TO PRAY: Pray for comfort for Dr. Aung Gyi’s loved ones. Pray for a peaceful end to the conflict in Myanmar. Pray for the gospel to spread throughout Myanmar and the rest of Southeast Asia.