Clashes with Tatmadaw escalate in Chin State: AA
CLASHES between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA) have escalated in Paletwa township in Chin State, according to a statement from the ethnic armed group’s Facebook page on Sunday.
The Myanmar Times was not able to get comment from the Tatmadaw or the government about the armed ethnic group’s claim but on November 10, the Tatmadaw said it is conducting military operations in the area in the aftermath of the Arakan Army attack on one motorboat carrying civilians and another motorboat loaded with Tatmadaw members on November 8.
The attack, which occurred at the vicinity of Nohn Bu village resulted in the death of one civilian and injuring three others, according to a statement issued by military commanderin-chief office on November 10.
The ethnic rebel group statement said heavy fighting between Tatmadaw and AA fighters have broken out in several places along India-Myanmar border such as near Ri Chan Thar, Doe Chaung Wa, Doe Ri Taung, Shwe Lai Pwi and Pwi Lai Wa village where Khami, Rakhine, Mro, Myone, where the Lin Kyaw ethnics are living.
“Heavy fighting happened on November 11 and both sides have causalities and injured,” the statement said.
Fighting starting near Ri Chan Thar village continued till the evening of November 12 and local residents are running away from their villages to avoid being caught in the crossfire, the statement added.
Paletwa township is the poorest in Chin State, and sits on the remote border between Chin and the similarly impoverished Rakhine State.
The Arakan Army’s Brigade No. 3 has engaged clashes with the Tatmadaw, according to the statement. On the eve of the latest outbreak of hostilities, on November 5, the ethnic rebel group issued a warning to villagers not to travel over alleged intensified offensives by the Tatmadaw.
The Arakan Army is one of three high-profile ethnic armed group that Tatmadaw refuse to recognize as an official ethnic armed group.
AA is part of the Northern Alliance-Burma, along with the Kachin Independence Army, the Ta’ang National Liberation Army and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army.
The alliance staged assaults on police and military positions in northern Shan State’s Muse and Kutkai townships on November 20, 2016.