According to Australian diplomatic authorities, a nighttime curfew has been extended across several townships in Rakhine state as of Tuesday, June 18. The curfew will remain in place from 21:00 to 05:00 (local time) until further notice in Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, Ponnagyun, and Rathedaung townships.
Heightened security measures, nightly movement restrictions, and ongoing tensions are to be expected in the coming weeks.
Violence resumed in early December 2018 between Rakhine separatists and the military. The Arakan Army seeks greater autonomy for Buddhists in Rakhine state. According to the Myanmar office of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), about 7500 displaced people are scattered across 29 sites in Rakhine due to the violence and 730,000 people in neighboring Bangladesh. The curfew was first put in place on April 2 following intense clashes between Arakan Army members and government forces.
Individuals in Rakhine state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant and military 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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