More vil­lagers dis­placed by con­flict in Rakhine

Mizzima Business Weekly - - NEWS ROUNDUPS -

Fight­ing be­tween Myan­mar forces and the Arakan Army has prompted about 5,000 res­i­dents from two vil­lages in Rakhine state’s Min­bya town­ship to flee their com­mu­ni­ties since hos­til­i­ties in the area be­gan four days ago, RFA re­ported.

Those who fled Pan­myaung and Sh­wekyin vil­lages have sought shel­ter in Bud­dhist monas­ter­ies or with rel­a­tives be­cause of ran­dom fir­ing of heavy weapons by the Myan­mar mil­i­tary now sta­tioned on Aung Min­galar Hill in the mid­dle of Pan­myaung.

Of the more than 8,000 peo­ple who live in Pan­myaung vil­lage alone, only about one-third have re­mained be­hind, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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