- Web Master
- February 28, 2024
Kyaukphyu residents said that the soldiers have built
at least 10 bunkers and deployed their artillery units in the creek-areas
around the town to prevent the entry of AA members.
A young activist from Kyaukphyu said that the junta
forces had erected bunkers around the town and are now stationed there. They
have also restricted people from moving in those areas where the bunkers are
constructed, he added.
Along the dyke from Pyin Phyu Maw in Nga Pa Pwayt ward
of Kyaukphyu township to O Lel Seik in Ku Lar Bar Taung ward, at least 10
bunkers were built. Over 60 junta troops have been stationed there
all day and night hours, said the residents.
A local youth from Kyaukphyu said that the bunkers
were built along the dam. A number of machine guns and 60mm mortars have
been positioned there. They apprehend that the AA members may enter through the
creek areas and launch the attacks, he added.
Residents also stated that in Nga La Pwayt ward of Kyauk Phyu
township along the creek, over 40 junta soldiers have made bunkers.
On 22 December 2023 in Kyauk Phyu township, clashes
erupted as the AA members attacked a military vehicle near the Thit Poke
Taung Dhanyawadi naval base.
At around 10:30 am on 23 December, a clash erupted
between Sane town and Ah Wa Taung village under Kyauk Phyu township.
According to a statement issued by Three Brotherhood Alliance, at least four
junta soldiers sustained injuries in the clash.
Despite the escalating conflicts in many townships of
Rakhine State, the junta signed the addendum for the deep seaport project under
the special economic zone with the Chinese agencies on 26 December.
The junta-run newspapers promoted the idea that the
deep-sea port project would create job opportunities to the Rakhine
people. However, the locals are concerned about losing their farming land and
fishing sites, as it happened to the Shwe natural gas project that gave a
billion dollars to the junta, but did not benefit the local community.
Currently, the junta has restricted the travel and fishing rights for the Kyauk Phyu residents through a local order, which has resulted in food shortages and hardship to the local residents.