Myanmar junta airstrikes demolish Rakhine State’s Ramree town

Residents estimate that two-thirds of the Kyaukphyu District town’s homes have been destroyed, as well as the only hospital, forcing locals to take refuge in neighbouring villages to survive

The southern Rakhine State town of Ramree was relatively peaceful until war reignited between the Arakan Army (AA) and the Myanmar military in mid-December last year. Since then, the Kyaukphyu District community of nearly 10,000 people has been largely displaced, with most residents seeking refuge elsewhere as fighting intensified and the junta indiscriminately deployed airstrikes and heavy artillery fire.

The AA captured five towns from the military in northern Rakhine State and  after fighting resumed in November 2023—Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk-U, Myebon and Pauktaw—as well as Paletwa in neighbouring southern Chin State. The junta shifted its focus to maintaining control of Ramree, in Kyaukphyu District, located near a site where an overland pipeline project exports offshore oil and gas from Rakhine State to China. 

On February 21, the AA released photos showing how Ramree’s only functioning hospital had been reduced to rubble, reportedly. . .

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