Myanmar’s military launches massive air assault as AA fights for control of southern Rakhine town

Ramree has become the latest target of the ethnic Rakhine armed group’s ongoing offensive in western Myanmar

Fighting has intensified around the town of Ramree in southern Rakhine State in recent days as a major new battleground opens between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army (AA).

In a statement released late Wednesday, the AA said the junta had launched dozens of airstrikes on the town during the past two days of clashes, including 33 on that day alone.

“Today was the worst in terms of the number of airstrikes. Shops and houses were burned down and bridges were damaged,” the group claimed in its statement.

Until this week, fighting between the two sides has centred mainly on northern Rakhine and southern Chin states, where the AA has captured a number of key towns since the start of the year as part of an offensive that it . . .

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