Two Youths Injured, 200 Villagers Flee Homes Amid Clashes in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine State

Fresh skirmishes between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army in violence-scarred northern Rakhine state have left two youths injured and forced about 200 villagers to flee their homes in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships, local residents said Wednesday.The two boys, ages 10 and 18, were injured and one house was destroyed when a stray mortar shell exploded in Maungdaw’s Yan Aung Myin village, though it is unclear whether the Myanmar Army or the AA fired the shell, said village head Thein Naing Win.The two were taken to Maungdaw Hospital for treatment, he added.About 200 residents of Ooyinthar village fled to Sango Taung village amid fighting on Tuesday, villagers said, bringing the total number of displaced civilians in the region to roughly 6,000 estimated by local relief groups since armed conflict between AA and Myanmar troops ratcheted up in early December, locals said.“The fighting started at around 6 p.m. yesterday and lasted for about 30 minutes,” said an Ooyinthar resident who declined to be named. “All villagers fled from the village. If the fighting stops today, we will return home tomorrow.”................


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