Myanmar Army Helicopter, Artillery Strikes Force Hundreds to Flee in Rakhine State

Intense fighting broke out early Friday between Myanmar forces and the Arakan Army (AA) near a village in Minbya township in western Myanmar’s war-stricken Rakhine state, with the government army attacking the enemy from helicopters days after artillery shells from hostilities forced 400 area residents to flee to safety.“There were continuous small-arms fire and shelling in the mountains east of Shwegyin village around 9 a.m.,” said a resident who requested anonymity out of fear Some villagers ran away to escape intense fighting near the community, while others hid in bomb shelters under their homes, residents said.When artillery shells began falling in the village that day, more than 400 of the 1,900 people living in the community fled to safety in nearby villages,Win Zaw Oo, spokesman for the military’s Western Regional Command, which is responsible for Rakhine state, said that government troops were carrying out clearance operations upon receiving information that the AA had set up temporary camps near Shwegyin village.............


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