Myanmar, Arakan Forces Trade Blame After Shell Kills Three Children in Rakhine

An explosion from a stray artillery shell killed three Myanmar children and injured four other civilians on Saturday in a village near strife-torn Rakhine state’s Minbya township, amid fighting between Myanmar forces and the rebel Arakan Army, each of which blamed the other side for the deaths.Pan Myaung village and the hills east of the community have seen fighting between the two sides since Aug. 23, with government soldiers now stationed in the village and firing heavy weapons, said village administrator Tin Aung Kyaw.Arakan Army (AA) spokesperson Khine Thukha said shelling by Myanmar forces killed the three civilians.But Brigadier General Win Zaw Oo, spokesman for the Myanmar military’s Western Regional Command responsible for Rakhine state, denied the accusation and claimed that the AA was responsible for the civilian deaths.“The shelling that killed these children was fired by the Arakan Army,” he said. “They are trying to contradict us in one-sided accusations. The truth is the shells fired from the enemy side as a counterattack to us fell into the village.”.......................


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