To evade the military
junta's airstrikes targeting residential towns and villages, the logos of
organizations, including the UN, have been painted on rooftops of their offices
in Maungdaw locality of Rakhine State.
The residents of Maungdaw
noticed that the logos of UN and INGOs were prominently painted on the roofs of
“I noticed that names and
logos of their offices were painted on the roofs. It appears they're concerned
over the airstrikes,” said a Maungdaw resident.
The junta has intensified security measures in Maungdaw like conducting overnight guest-list checks. However, the general ambience there remains peaceful till date.
But due to concerns sparked
by the skirmishes around the township, some residents and NGO workers left the
In northern Maungdaw which
borders Bangladesh, the Arakan Army (AA) has successfully captured two tactical
command bases of the junta namely Taung Pyo Let Yar camp on 4 February
and Taung Pyo Let Wae camp on 6 February.
After the AA fighters won
these strategic bases, the junta soldiers launched airstrikes on the camps
using jet fighters and helicopters till Wednesday.
"Explosions from the
bombings could be heard from distant locations. The junta forces conducted the
airstrikes in retaliation," said a Tamanthar villager.
The residents allege that
the military regime continues targeting the civilians by resorting to
airstrikes and artillery shelling as they encounter some setbacks on the
So the people in INGO
offices of Maungdaw apprehend airstrikes and start taking deterrent
The INGO workers in Rakhine
State believe that as the military situation deteriorates, the UN and other
international organisations, involved in extending humanitarian support, may
leave the region soon.