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Preventing between AA and army spreads southward in Myanmar’s Rakhine state — Radio Free Asia

Preventing between Myanmar’s army and the ethnic Arakan Military (AA), which resumed in July after a two-year lull, has intensified and is spreading southward by Rakhine state, sources within the area informed RFA Burmese on Wednesday.

What started as intermittent clashes two months in the past in northern Rakhine’s Maungdaw township and throughout the border to the northeast in neighboring Chin state’s Paletwa township has since unfold to the central Rakhine townships of Buthidaung, Mrauk-U and Kyauktaw, and is now increasing to Toungup township within the state’s south-central area, in line with residents.

Civilian casualties are additionally on the rise, largely resulting from shelling by the army, sources stated. On Tuesday night time, a household of 4 in Kyauktaw’s Na Ga Yar village have been injured by heavy weapons fireplace originating from the junta’s 9 Army Operations Command headquarters within the seat of the township, in line with one of many victims, Mya Yin Oo.

“[Three] shells hit our home whereas I used to be within the kitchen,” she stated. “My grandson, who was studying upstairs, in addition to my different grandson downstairs, have been each injured. My daughter was additionally injured and I used to be wounded on my again.”

Mya Yin Oo’s daughter, Oo Yin Than, was injured on her hand, whereas her grandsons — tenth grade college students Myo Naing Win and Min Aye Soe — have been injured on the top and again. All 4 are being handled on the Kyuaktaw Hospital and are anticipated to totally recuperate, Mya Yin Oo stated.

Different residents of the world informed RFA that on Monday, AA fighters in Kyauktaw intercepted and attacked two junta boats carrying meals and troopers making their approach to Paletwa alongside the Kalatan River.

The vessels retreated and 9 Army Operations Command headquarters started firing heavy weapons, they stated.

A resident of Toungup, who declined to be named, informed RFA that there was a conflict between junta troops and the AA on Aug. 26 close to the township’s Kyein Taw Kyin village and one other on Sept. 16, about three miles southwest of the township. He stated he expects extra preventing to return to southern Rakhine state within the weeks forward.

“There was one conflict close to Toungup and one other within the neighborhood of the Toungup jetty,” the resident stated.

“Everyone seems to be assuming that there can be extra preventing quickly, all the way in which down by southern Rakhine state, and individuals are residing in a state of worry as a result of the army is checking all visitors on the roads.”

Northern tensions

In the meantime, within the north, the AA lately introduced that it had captured the junta’s 352 Gentle Infantry Battalion camp on Sept. 10 and its Border Guard Station close to milepost No. 40 alongside Myanmar’s border with Bangladesh on Aug. 31. The AA claimed that “many junta troopers have been killed” and plenty of others have been captured, together with weapons and ammunition.

Junta Deputy Info Minister Maj. Gen. Zaw Min Tun stated on the press convention on Tuesday that the army is attempting to recapture the 2 places.

“Concerning the AA, the [military] has taken vital motion because the assault on the No. 40 border guard submit,” he stated.

“The AA attacked weak border police outposts as a result of they did not wish to stroll alongside the street to peace. There are a lot of plans behind these assaults. We already know these plans. Subsequently, we’ll take the required response.”

AA spokesman Khaing Thukha stated in a web based video press convention on Sept. 19 that the clashes have been in response to army roadblocks and maneuvers, and vowed to retaliate to any assault by junta troops.

“The AA needed to reply not directly in areas the place the army had imposed restrictions and roadblocks,” he stated. “In the event that they assault us, we’ll counter them. That is why preventing was fierce in these areas. In the event that they assault somewhere else, they should face counter-attacks.”

He stated the junta had elevated its power in Maungdaw township to round 10,000 troops, and the AA had responded in variety.

Pe Than, a veteran Rakhine politician and former lawmaker, informed RFA that the AA is attempting to ascertain its personal liberated space within the state.

“AA troops are at present stationed all through the area. Administration and judicial mechanisms have been firmly established [in its territory],” he stated.

“We’re seeing that the AA has modified its technique from defensive actions to offensive ones and has even captured junta camps. So what [the AA] is doing now could be shutting down the border guard stations in Maungdaw. From there, I feel they’re attempting to ascertain a liberated space between Maungdaw and Paletwa townships.”

Within the greater than two months because the army and the AA resumed preventing, greater than 10,000 residents have fled their houses in townships together with Maungdaw, Rathedaung and Mrauk-U.

Three individuals, together with one youngster, have been killed and 11 injured by junta shelling in Mrauk-U township because the preventing resumed, residents stated.

Translated by Khin Maung Nyane. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.



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