Five forcibly recruited Rohingya men killed in battle in Rakhine State

An NUG official alleged that the junta is violating international humanitarian law, using young Rohingya men as ‘human shields’ in battles against the AA after rounding them up from displaced persons’ camps in Rakhine State

Five displaced Rohingya men were killed and 10 injured in battle after being pressed into service by the army from internally displaced persons’ (IDP) camps in and near Sittwe, a source familiar with the matter told Myanmar Now on Thursday. 

The young men—who became casualties of the ongoing clashes between army troops and the Arakan Army (AA) in Rathedaung Township, Rakhine State—were among at least 97 IDPs whom the army had forcibly recruited from camps in and near the state capital of Sittwe, according to the same source, a Sittwe Township resident who uses the alias Wai Yan to protect his identity. 

“Out of around 100 Rohingya youths, five were killed in action and ten are getting treatment for severe injuries at the Sittwe military hospital,” Wai Yan said.

He added that the status of the remaining Rohingya recruits from the camps is unknown, but the. . .

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