Myanmar Military Claims to Have Seized Rebel Camp in War-Torn Rakhine State

The Myanmar military said Thursday that it seized an Arakan Army temporary camp in Rakhine state’s Buthidaung township a day earlier, where it found five dead bodies and weapons amid ongoing hostilities with the rebel forces in the region.When government troops seized the camp in Thayet Pyin village, they also found two rifles and other weapons, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the military Commander-in-Chief’s Office.Colonel Win Zaw Oo from the government army's Western Military Command, which oversees operations in Rakhine state, told RFA’s Myanmar Service that soldiers took hold of the camp while performing clearance operations in the region, where fighting flared up last month.“The AA’s strategy is to start the fighting near villages,” he said. “We assume that the AA is doing it on purpose to create instability in the region and to make people worried and live in fear.”.............

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