Arakan Army militants killed 13 police officers and wounded nine others in Rakhine state on Friday, January 4 (Independence Day). The insurgents reportedly attacked four police posts in the Buthidaung area; military forces have launched retaliatory security operations to clear the militants from the area. Additional attacks are possible in the coming days and weeks.
Renewed clashes between Arakan Army militants and the Burmese government forces have been witnessed in Rakhine state since December 2018. Some 2500 people have been displaced due to the violence. The Arakan Army seeks greater autonomy for Buddhists in Rakhine state.
Individuals in Rakhine state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for suspicious objects and behavior, and adhere to instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
Travelers are advised to avoid all but essential travel to Rakhine State, except the southern townships of Kyaukpyu, Ramree, Munaung, Toungup, Thandwe (including the tourist resort of Ngapali), and Gwa.
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