Arakan Army captures another Rakhine State town, warns locals clashes may continue

Taking over Myebon, the ethnic armed group told the civilian population to seek shelter elsewhere in case the expelled junta troops returned and tried to recapture the town

The Arakan Army (AA) took over Myebon on Thursday, adding a sixth town to the territories under its control in Rakhine State and neighbouring Paletwa Township, Chin State.   

“After a three-month operation in Rakhine and Paletwa, the AA has taken control of Paletwa, Pauktaw, Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, now followed by Myebon, along with many military bases and police stations,” the ethnic armed organisation announced on Thursday.

However, the group reportedly warned locals that fighting may resume in and near Myebon Township if the junta tries to recapture it. 

“We were told by the AA to leave the town for about ten days because we could land in trouble if [junta troops] return,” said a resident of Myebon, 54, who left on Monday with her. . .

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