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23 Apr 2020 | 02:18 AM UTC

Myanmar: Soldiers engage Arakan Army rebels in Chin state April 22

Myanmar News Alert

Myanmar Army engages Arakan Army (AA) rebels in Paletwa township (Chin state) on April 22; at least four people killed

TIMEFRAME expected from 4/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 5/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Rangoon). COUNTRY/REGION Paletwa, Chin state

Event

Soldiers from the Myanmar Army engaged suspected Arakan Army (AA) fighters in the township of Paletwa (Chin state) on Wednesday, April 22. According to local officials, the fighting lasted throughout the day and left at least four people dead. This most recent engagement comes after the military reopened transportation routes to provide basic necessities to Paletwa on Sunday, April 19.

Further clashes between military and AA forces are expected in the region over the near term.

Context

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.

Advice

Individuals in Chin state are advised to monitor developments, remain vigilant for militant and military activity, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

 

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