Junta steps up airstrikes on civilian targets in AA-held areas

A veteran Rakhine State politician noted that the air force seemed to be avoiding direct confrontation with the Arakan Army in Rakhine State, instead concentrating its attacks on civilian targets

Bombing by the junta air force resulted in numerous civilian casualties this week in townships captured by the Arakan Army (AA) in Rakhine State. 

A cleaner in her 40s and another employee at a hospital were both injured by shrapnel in the town of Kan Htaung Gyi, Myebon Township, at around 4am on Sunday. 

“Two of the hospital’s staff members are in critical condition right now. They were both hit on the back of the head,” a local man said. 

He added that junta aircraft had dropped bombs on schools and monasteries, damaging several buildings and displacing most civilians from the town. 

“Everyone has fled, with only one or two people staying behind to look after the houses,” said the local man, who has been helping the town’s residents amid the destruction. 

Another airstrike in Tha Yet Taung village, Myebon Township, killed two. . .

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