At least ten people were killed in clashes between Arakan Army (AA) rebels and security personnel in Rakhine state on Sunday, August 2, and Monday, August 3. According to media sources the clashes took place in the Rathedaung and Buthidaung townships. On Sunday, AA rebels reportedly conducted two attacks on border guard police along the Inn Din-Taungyo road, resulting in at least one police officer killed and several others wounded. Fighting continued on Monday as rebels attacked Myanmar military troops and government officials in Inn Din village. Media sources suggest that fighting ensued between the rebels and military personnel for several hours. At least nine security personnel were killed in Monday's clashes and several others remain missing. The AA group claimed to have killed 20 soldiers and police, and abducted several others during the fighting. Scores of residents fled the area as the fighting continued.
Further attacks and counter operations between the forces are likely in the state in the near term.
Violence resumed in early December 2018 between Rakhine separatists and the military. The AA 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.
Individuals in Rakhine state are advised to avoid the area, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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