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Some of the towns were burnt and bombed with gunfight. Others were left behind, probably because of acts of war. Specifically, there was a concentration of naval activities along the east-west route from the Pegu Division in the western part to the Karenni State in the eastern part, which led through the major Bawgali Gyi housing estate, and the south-eastern Bawgali Gyi Strait to BiSahKee and Papun District.
A number of embankment building in the region also led to terrorist attack, as FBR and KHRG claim. Archive photos from May and March 2004 were cross-referenced with a new compilation from February 2006. The picture analyses localized three settlements that were clearly disrupted, left or damaged (see pictures 14 - 16) and also identifies army bases (see pictures 17 - 19).
The Free Burma Rangers and the Thailand Burma Border Consortium again in 2008 once again identify Toungoo as a breeding ground for assaults and expulsions. Pictures from 2004, 2006 and 2009, each of which covers part of the Toungoo region, were cross-referenced to obtain results. Fourteen areas of settlements were detected which showed a strong decline in the number of visual patterns in the pictures taken after the announced assault.
All of the ruined towns in pictures one to five were within a radius of six kilometres. The six to fourteen kilometres from the first group in the pictures, while they are twenty-five kilometres away, were similarly close. Occasionally, farming activities near these communities show evidence of abandonment, a phenomena also backed up by experience with them.
The pictures 20 - 29 are from the 2009 survey. This picture from February 2007 shows a close-up of the possible army encampment in picture 18.