At least 10 civilians killed as Myanmar’s military lashes out over Arakan Army offensive

The AA claims the junta is stepping up its attacks on civilians as it loses its grip over northern Rakhine and southern Chin states

Myanmar’s military is carrying out indiscriminate attacks on civilians as it continues to face intense pressure from an ongoing Arakan Army (AA) offensive, the ethnic Rakhine armed group said on Monday.

In a statement, the AA claimed that junta troops torched an entire village near the Rakhine State capital Sittwe on Monday, killing two and injuring several others, while airstrikes in southern Chin State’s Paletwa Township killed four more on the same day. 

At least four more casualties were also reported in Mrauk-U and Buthidaung townships by other sources.

According to the AA statement, Taw Kan, a village located less than six miles north of Sittwe, was completely destroyed by fires set by a column of around 50 regime soldiers. The village had been previously attacked late last year.

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