Ongoing fighting between the Arakan Army insurgent group and the military in Rakhine state has displaced at least 4500 people between early December 2018 and mid-January 2019, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Military aircraft and trucks have been arriving in the region since early January, following an attack on police posts in Buthidaung on January 4. Continued fighting is expected in the coming weeks.
Clashes between Arakan Army militants and Burmese government forces have resumed in Rakhine state since December 2018. The Arakan Army seeks greater autonomy for Buddhists in Rakhine state.
Individuals in Myanmar, particularly Rakhine state, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to instructions issued by 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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