The other villagers rushed to help the wounded villagers, but some Burmese soldiers then came out of the base and shouted at them to take cover, because there were Shan soldiers in the area. They therefore had to wait until the headman of Wan Hoong Kham came to the base and pleaded with the Burmese soldiers to let the injured villagers be taken to hospital. Only then, at about 6:30 pm, were they allowed to bring a motorized tractor to transport the victims to Mong Nawng hospital.
Due to the seriousness of their injuries, and the lack of doctors available, the Mong Nawng hospital could not treat them, and referred them straight away to Loilem hospital, 90 miles away. The next day, the Burma Army arranged for them to be moved from Loilem to the Aung Pan military hospital, a further 90 miles away.
Five family members accompanied the injured villagers from Mong Nawng to Loilem hospital. However, when the victims were sent to Aung Pan by the Burma Army, the family members were not allowed to accompany them. They were told that the Burmese military would take responsibility for the patients. Since then, the family members have heard no news of the victims, and are extremely concerned about their condition.
There are about 100 Burmese troops stationed at the Weng Kao base, from Light Infantry Division 66. The base has been used by the Burma Army to stage attacks against the Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army (SSPP/SSA) since the start of their large-scale offensive that began on October 6, 2015. Shells were fired indiscriminately from the Weng Kao base into the village of Mwe Taw on October 26, seriously injuring a local villager while he was running for shelter.
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