Fighting kills 14 civilians in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Chin - Thar Le Zwa သာလီစြ - Arakan Monitor

Thar Le Zwa သာလီစြ - Arakan Monitor

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Fighting kills 14 civilians in Myanmar’s Rakhine, Chin

Two days of fighting between the Tatmadaw (military) and Arakan Army (AA) on the border of Rakhine and Chin states killed at least 14 civilians and injured 15 others, civic groups and legislators said.
Salai Myo Htike, an Amyotha Hluttaw MP from Chin, said 12 civilians were killed and 15 were injured in a military air strike on suspected AA hideouts between Paletwa and Sami towns in Chin on Saturday.
On Friday, two women from Kyauktaw and Mrauk-U townships in Rakhine died of their injuries while being treated in a hospital.
Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, secretary of the Tatmadaw’s True News Agency, said he could not confirm or deny the military air strikes, adding that the Tatmadaw has difficulty distinguishing AA fighters from civilians because AA fighters disguise themselves as civilians.
He said there are AA members in nearly every village in Paletwa township.
“Air attacks are not usually conducted without exact information. We don't do such reckless things," Brig Gen Zaw Min Tun said.
Salai Myo Htike said that over 500 people from three villages had fled the air strikes to take shelter at monasteries and schools.
U Kyaw Nyein, chair of the Khumi Affairs Coordination Council, said people blame both the Tatmadaw and AA for the civilian casualties.
"The Tatmadaw should not fire at villages, and the AA should not hide in the villages,” he said. “We blame both sides for the tragedy.”
Khaing Thu Kha, AA spokesperson, denied that its fighters hide in villages disguised as civilians. “We never hide in villages," he said.
The fighting in northern Rakhine had forced about 50,000 civilians to flee their homes. - Translated

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