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Date: Fri, 2 Feb 1996 15:55:17 +0000
Subject: Burmese troops await supplies
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2 February 1996

BURMESE TROOPS AWAIT SUPPLIES

Bangkok:  Burmese troops massed for an assault on the southern outposts of ethnic 
Karenni rebels along the Thai border awaited supplies after separate divisions took 
hill positions to the north, Karenni source said on Thursday.

About 4,000 Burmese troops had massed near Kauk Kauk in the southern of 
Burma's eastern Kayah state opposite the Thai province of Mae Hong Son, and 
a party of 70 porters  was being escorted into the area with supplies, the source 
said in a statement.
 
The porters, usually villagers abducted and forced into service, included more than 
10 women, the statement said. An offensive was expected in the Kauk Kauk area 
when the additional food and ammunition arrived, it said.   (AFP)

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