Small child among 12 civilians killed by shelling in Rakhine State capital

The armed conflict between junta forces and the Arakan Army has spread to Rakhine State’s largest city, where an artillery round killed a dozen people at an open air market on Thursday including a two-year-old

At least 12 people were killed and more than 80 injured Thursday morning when a heavy artillery shell detonated in the Myoma market in the Rakhine State capital of Sittwe. 

The shell had reportedly been fired from a naval base near the city’s Ah Nauk San Pya Ward, where the Myanmar army’s Infantry Battalion 20 is stationed. 

“Six or seven people are dead and many others are injured, but we don’t have exact numbers yet,” a local man said soon after the incident, citing eyewitness accounts. 

A statement released several hours later by the Arakan Army (AA)—Rakhine State’s largest and most powerful ethnic armed group—said that a death toll of 12 had been confirmed. 

81 people had also been injured according to the AA, 31 of them severely. 

The AA also claimed in its statement that junta forces are intentionally. . .

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