UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL – Fighting between Myanmar government troops and ethnic militants along the border between Myanmar and China has increased over the last few days.

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army claimed responsibility for the Saturday, May 12 attack that killed at least 19 people and injured dozens more. Civilians and a police officer were among the dead.

On Sunday, China called for both parties to “exercise restraint,” but on Monday, the fighting continued.

A police officer told VOA Burmese, fighting broke out in Muse’s Namohn and Nampauh areas when around at least 100 rebels entered Ho-Mong village. The officer said a coalition of four armed ethnic groups came up against Myanmar military troops and the fighting continued into the afternoon.

The Nampauh bridge near Muse was also reportedly targeted by heavy weaponry on Monday.