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Nighttime Curfew Imposed in Five Townships in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

Officials have imposed a nighttime curfew in five townships in Myanmar’s war-ravaged western Rakhine state in response to a string of violent attacks against police and government soldiers in the past three months that resulted in deaths and property destruction, regional lawmakers . Established by an order signed by Colonel Phone Tint, regional minister for border affairs and security, on behalf of Rakhine state’s chief minister, the 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is in effect for two months starting Tuesday in Rathedaung, Ponnagyun, Kyauktaw, Mrauk-U, and Minbya townships, though it could be extended by another order. The curfew comes amid ongoing armed conflict between Myanmar troops and the rebel Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic Rakhine army seeking greater autonomy in the state, which has left dozens of insurgents, policemen, and civilians dead and displaced an estimated 17,000-22,000 people, most of whom are now living in temporary shelters..............

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