Fierce Fighting Drives Thousands of Myanmar Civilians From Homes in Rakhine’s Minbya Township

A fierce clash between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army (AA) has prompted thousands of civilians to flee their homes in 10 villages during exchanges of gunfire in war-stricken Rakhine state, leaving some trapped in the conflict zone, a regional lawmaker, military spokesman, and humanitarian workers said Monday. About 5,000 people who have fled their villages in Minbya township since July 27, when military units entered their communities, are now living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. Others are staying with relatives or have camped out in forests, they said. The fighting began July 28 and has continued until now, they said. It was not immediately clear if there have been any casualties....................

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