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Myanmar Armed Group Presses Offensive in Rakhine State

Fighters from an ethnic minority group pressed their assault on safety forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine state for a second day Tuesday, a spokesman mentioned, as an offensive towards the army widens throughout the nation.

Arakan Military (AA) fighters seized an outpost of the border police at Chinkhali in Rakhine state on Tuesday morning, spokesman Khaing Thu Kha instructed AFP.

The AA additionally attacked army outposts on two hills in Paletwa township in neighboring Chin state at daybreak on Tuesday, he mentioned.

In Paletwa, the army had responded with air strikes and heavy artillery fireplace, and the combating was ongoing and “intense,” Khaing Thu Kha mentioned.

Native media additionally reported the clashes in Paletwa township and mentioned two ladies had been killed in artillery firing.

The AA has for years fought a warfare for the autonomy of the state’s ethnic Rakhine inhabitants, and has a presence in neighboring Chin state.

There was a heavy safety presence on the streets within the Rakhine capital Sittwe on Tuesday, with police blocking roads to the airport and the native courtroom, a resident instructed AFP, requesting anonymity.

On Monday, AA fighters had clashed with safety forces in Rathedaung, Maungdaw, and Minbya townships, the AA mentioned in a press release.

Six of its fighters and 10 members of the safety forces have been killed, the assertion mentioned.

Final month the AA launched a joint offensive with two different ethnic armed teams throughout a swathe of northern Shan state close to the China border.

The AA, the Myanmar Nationwide Democratic Alliance Military (MNDAA), and the Ta’ang Nationwide Liberation Military (TNLA) have blocked two important commerce routes to China and seized an important border crossing.

The combating within the north — which the United Nations says has displaced greater than 50,000 civilians — has sparked essentially the most important army problem to the junta because it seized energy in 2021, analysts say.

The Monday clashes in western Rakhine state got here as anti-coup fighters mentioned they have been combating the army close to the capital of jap Kayah state close to the Thai border.

The Karenni Nationalities Defence Power (KNDF) was “attempting to grab” the city of Loikaw, KNDF chairman Khun Bedu instructed AFP late Monday.

The junta had launched a minimum of three air strikes throughout “very sturdy” combating across the city, he mentioned.

The KNDF is amongst dozens of teams battling to revive democracy after the military ousted Aung San Suu Kyi‘s authorities.

Junta-backed media on Tuesday reported its opponents had attacked Loikaw on Monday, utilizing “heavy and small weapons,” with out giving particulars.

“Armed engagements” have been ongoing, the World New Mild of Myanmar mentioned.