Junta subjects young, displaced Muslims to forced military training

Faced with intensifying assaults from the Arakan Army (AA) and defending , the junta, defending itself on multiple fronts, has targeted Muslim youths in IDP camps in Rakhine State to bolster their much-needed military strength.

More than 100 people from a Muslim IDP camp in Kyaukphyu township, Rakhine state, were forcibly taken into a battalion by junta forces and given military training starting on February 28, according to sources close to the security community in Rakhine state. 

About 120 men from the Kyauktalone Muslim IDP camp, located about 3 miles south of Kyaukphyu have to receive two-week military training at Light Infantry Battalion (LIB) 542 based in Kyaukphyu town starting from February 28 in the name of "militia training", said a source close to the security community. 

Residents of the camp said that junta forces arrived at the camp, home to more than a thousand people, at around 7am on February 28, and within hours, more than 100 men were taken away in three military trucks.

"After a meeting in the hall at the entrance of the IDP camp, they said, . . .

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