Junta expands attacks on Arakan Army and civilians to Thandwe Township

After a one-hour clash with the Rakhine ethnic armed organisation in the state’s southern coastal township, the military bombards the area with days of artillery fire and airstrikes

The Myanmar junta’s navy and air force launched attacks on the southern Rakhine State township of Thandwe on Sunday and Monday after a clash broke out on Saturday with the Arakan Army (AA) during the annual Thingyan water festival. 

“The Myanmar military navy launched artillery shelling first and then the airstrikes followed,” a local said of the assault on the township, which had largely been spared the fighting that has rocked much of the rest of the state in recent months. 

Most of the shells fired on Monday reportedly exploded in a forest near the village of Gwayt Chaung, nearly 13 miles from Thandwe town, limiting civilian injuries and casualties.

The fighting between the junta and the AA on Saturday occurred outside of Gwayt Chaung and lasted for around an hour, according to a man from another nearby village, Wah Nwe Pyin, which was targeted by junta. . .

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