Hundreds flee as Myanmar navy opens fire on coastal village in southern Rakhine State

It was the first time the village had been targeted, residents said, adding that there had been no fighting in the area before the attack

A Myanmar naval vessel opened fire on a village on the coast of Rakhine State’s Kyaukphyu Township late Sunday night, forcing hundreds of people to flee, according to local sources.

A resident of Zin Chaung, a village about 30 miles south of the town of Kyaukphyu, told Myanmar Now that seven artillery shells were fired in the incident, damaging at least one house.

“It happened in the middle of the night, so everybody just ran in a panic, thinking there would be more shelling or even airstrikes,” said Hla Phyu (not her real name), a woman living in the village.

There were no confirmed casualties at the time of reporting.

Zin Chaung is located just 20 miles from the administrative centre of neighbouring Ramree Township, which has been nearly demolished by junta. . .

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