- Web Master
- November 25, 2023
The residents of many
villages under Ponna Kyunt township, which is located a few miles north of the
State capital Sittwe, fled as the Burmese soldiers started firing with heavy
weapons and also using drones on many occasions.
A boat caught fire after a navy
shell fired into Kyauk Seik village, which is situated on Sittwe-Yangon
highway, on 27 November at around 4:30 pm.
"The boat near the bank caught fire after it was
hit by a large bullet. The scared villagers ran away from the place,” said a
Similarly, two unexploded
artillery shells fell into the road of Kyawzan village on 27 November
following which the scared residents fled to safer places.
“The junta soldiers have been attacking the Rakhine
villagers along with the Arakan Army (AA) members. We simply do not understand
the motive of soldiers,” added the villager.
Earlier on 20
November, three out of five shells fired by the Ponna Kyunt based
LIB 550 had exploded on the mountain near Tan Taung pagoda. Two
others exploded at the entry point to the village, said a woman resident who
too fled from their village.
"The villagers fled as the
shells fell near the village. They are apprehensive about the resumed battle.
Three years back, eight villagers were killed in the Kyauk Seik area. We are
worried about our security as the soldiers started shooting in nearby
villages," she added.
Mentionable is that on 13 April 2020, a shell fired by
the infantry battalion (550) killed eight villagers and wounded another eight.
Currently, the navy personnel are stationed in Kaladan
river near Kyauk Seik village and the infantry battalion continued firing till
a few hours back.
Residents of Kyauk Seik, Ye Ro
Byint, Khamaung Seik and Yongy villages have already left their
The Northern Alliance, which includes the AA, has
claimed that the navy personnel fired heavily on villages like Yo Ngu and Kyauk
Seik throughout the night.
According to Rakhine
social activists, the military council continued firing with heavy weapons on
populated towns and villages intentionally to frighten the civilians.