YANGON: Fresh fighting this week between an ethnic minority armed group and Myanmar’s military has displaced over 26,000 people in western Rakhine state, the United Nations (UN) said on Friday.
Ongoing conflict between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army (AA) has led to the displacement of more than 26,000 people in western Rakhine state, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
The AA initiated attacks on security forces in Rakhine and Chin states, ending a fragile ceasefire and escalating tensions. The clashes have resulted in at least 11 fatalities due to military shelling of AA positions.
On Thursday, junta troops shelled the town of Pauktaw, west of the state capital Sittwe, following the brief seizure of a police station by AA fighters, prompting further displacement in the region.