More civilians displaced, killed as clashes continue between AA and military 

Losing ground in Rakhine State and Paletwa Township, the junta has increasingly resorted to using air power, warships, and heavy artillery strikes in clashes against the Arakan Army

The names of sources in this article have been changed to protect their safety. 

Ongoing airstrikes, shelling, and fierce battles between the Arakan Army (AA) and junta forces in Rakhine State and neighbouring Paletwa Township, Chin State, continue to displace and cause hardship for civilians.  

Battles broke out south of Kyaukphyu on Monday morning and continued throughout the day, a displaced local resident said. 

As the clashes raged on Ramree Island some nine miles from Kyaukphyu—located at the northernmost tip of the coastal island—heavy artillery fired on the area of fighting from nearby bases manned by junta police battalion 32 and the army’s light infantry battalion (LIB) 542, according to the local woman. 

“They’re still shelling now, and only pausing for about 30 minutes between barrages. We had to try to escape the area during one of those pauses. . .

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