Arakan Army sinks junta warships while military’s grip on Rakhine State weakens

Pro-junta propaganda channels claimed the attacks on warships caused egregious casualties, but the AA said they rescued people escaping the ships, which had allegedly attacked civilian villages

As it continued gaining ground against regime forces in Rakhine State, the Arakan Army (AA) sank two junta warships and a ferry on the Kaladan River near Ah Pauk Wa village, Kyauktaw Township last week. 

AA members rescued people from the water who had jumped to escape the sinking ships, the AA claimed in a statement on Sunday, and is holding them in accordance with the Geneva Conventions. 

The AA also claimed to have stopped four other junta warships en route to save people escaping the sinking ships, attacking them en route to prevent them from approaching. 

According to the AA’s statement, they initially called on the ships’ crews three times to raise a white flag, but the junta personnel aboard the ships would not surrender. 

Junta aircraft flew into the area during this time to carry out airstrikes on the AA, the statement said. . .

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