- Web Master
- December 09, 2023
On the first day of renewed fighting in Rakhine State
on 13 November between the junta forces and Arakan Army (AA) members, four
civilians were killed and 10 others were injured.
The casualties were reported from Mrauk U (2) and Kyauk
Taw (2) which are located in the
northern part of Rakhine State.
The injured individuals hail from Mrauk U (4), Kyauk
Taw (4), Maungdaw (1) and Minbya (1) townships.
The civilians died because of indiscriminate firing
from the soldiers, said the villagers.
In Mrauk U, the shooting took place near to funeral
office in Kyauk Rate Kay, where two civilians were killed and 4 seriously
injured due to the soldiers’ unprovoked firing.
“The army personnel
fired on a company car carrying four people hailing from Burma proper. The
driver died on the spot. Another died at hospital and two individuals are now
recovering,” said an eye witness.
In Apauk Wa village of Kyauk Taw, two villagers
including a woman were killed and 4 were seriously injured when a shell fired
by the LIB 539th based in Kansak village exploded in the evening hours of 13
The army personnel were angry at the surrender of 26
policemen from Apauk Wa police station to the AA along with their arms and
Those who died were identified as Daw Tha Htoo Mi and U
Aung Kyaw Zaw from Apauk Wa village The wife and three sons of Aung Kyaw Zaw
were also injured.
In Min Bya, a Chin national named U Kyaw Thein Phyu
(over 50 years old) from Pethar Pyint village was seriously injured, when a
shell exploded as he was harvesting paddy crops near his village. Later he was hospitalized
at Min Bya hospital.
Also in Maungdaw, a Dainet minority girl (around 9
years old) hailing from Thinpaw Hla village was hit by a bullet fired by the
soldiers. Now the child is undergoing
treatment at Kyin Chaungh hospital. She may be shifted to Maungdaw district
hospital in need.
The fighting in Rakhine State erupted on Sunday almost
a year after an understanding for ceasefire between the junta forces and AA
members which was agreed on 26 November 2022.