- Web Master
- February 17, 2024
The Arakan Army (AA) had
completely captured Mrauk-U, the ancient capital of Rakhine kingdom, and put
three junta navy warships to sink after heavy battles, said Three Brotherhood
Alliance in a statement issued on Thursday.
"The AA fighters have
launched a major offensive against the 31st police battalion, the
remaining junta base in Mrauk-U locality of Rakhine State, which often harassed
the civilians and destroyed local historical sites," added the statement.
With 540th, 377th and 378th
light infantry battalions already captured, the AA fighters finally won the
31st police battalion in Mrauk-U township and thus they have completely brought
Mrauk-U under their control.
The Arakanese fighters also
managed to sink three navy warships in the river and another warship was
Due to the AA fighter’s
offensive, the junta forces used all its army, navy and air force personnel in
the locality, but they faced defeat. On 7 and 8 February, the AA members
responded to the junta forces, elaborated the statement.
As of 2024, the AA fighters
have rendered seven warships which have now become useless. Three of the
junta's navy warships over the Rakhine sea were also captured by AA
Many junta soldiers
fled to the warships and they were asked to surrender. When they refused to
comply, the AA fighters vehemently attacked them.
The statement declared that 8 February 2024 marked a historic victory for the AA fighters as they defeated the junta forces in the sea battle.
The junta also launched
naval warships where from the soldiers fired 25 times in Ramree (Yanbye)
township on 8 February. From their camp at Thein Taung Kone pagoda, the
soldiers also fired artillery shells one number 5 Laung Chaung of Ramree
township from 7:20 am to 2:32 pm. On the previous night, the soldiers conducted
airstrikes one Ramree locality using jet fighters.
At 7 am on 8 February, the AA fighters attacked Koe Tan Kauk border guard camp located along Ah Ngu Maw-Maungdaw highway in southwest of Rathedaung township. This camp is situated near Done Pike and Chein Khar Li border guard camps, which were abandoned by the soldiers on 13 and 14 November at the onset of AA operations in the Rakhine region.
The soldiers in Rathedaung
locality fiercely defended their camps with artillery shells and airstrikes.
At around 3 pm on Thursday, a jet fighter attacked Lay Taung Bway island near Kalar Yaung in Taungup township, where they also used machine guns to terrorise the people.