Myanmar military shells Catholic cathedral for second time in 5 months

Soldiers stand next to military vehicles as people gather to protest the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 15, 2021. Fighting has intensified in northeastern Myanmar's Shan state as the military reinforces troops to crush local militias, and religious buildings continue to be targets. (CNS photo/Reuters)
Soldiers stand next to military vehicles as people gather to protest the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, Feb. 15, 2021. Fighting has intensified in northeastern Myanmar’s Shan state as the military reinforces troops to crush local militias, and religious buildings continue to be targets. (CNS photo/Reuters)

Fighting has intensified in northeastern Myanmar’s Shan state as the military reinforces troops to crush local militias, and religious buildings continue to be targets.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral in the Diocese of Pekhon was hit by military artillery on Nov. 9 for the second time in five months, reported ucanews.com. There were no reported casualties, despite the windows and pews being damaged, according to church sources.

On Nov. 6, a nearby convent was hit by military shelling. No casualties were reported at the convent of the Sisters of Zetaman, which is situated in a Marian shrine, ucanews.com reported.

Fighting between the military and the combined forces of the Karenni army and Karenni People’s Defense Force intensified Nov. 2.

More than 10,000 people from Shan’s Pekhon township have been newly displaced due to the fighting and indiscriminate attacks with heavy weaponry by the military, according to aid workers.

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Source: Angelus News