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Myanmar junta bolsters forces in Rakhine amid ongoing war

  • The situation underscores the complexity of the ongoing conflict and its broader impact on the affected regions
  • As the conflict in Rakhine State continues, the junta’s response to battlefield losses includes bombings of villages and residential areas
Update : 23 Jan 2024, 05:51 AM

In a recent statement, the Brotherhood Alliance, comprising the Arakan Army (AA) and two other ethnic armies, has warned of an imminent intensification of fighting in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

The statement reveals that the Myanmar junta is deploying a significant number of reinforcements, along with weapons and ammunition, to counter the offensive launched by AA troops.

Despite facing heavy attacks from land, sea, and air, the AA has reportedly been on the offensive in Rakhine State, seizing junta bases, The Irrawaddy reported.

The Brotherhood Alliance notes that most of the 400 troops that had fled to India after clashes in Chin State have been redeployed to Rakhine State.

The Myanmar military is also sending additional reinforcements and military supplies to the western state via sea routes.

This move comes following a temporary halt in attacks by the Brotherhood Alliance against junta targets in northern Shan State after a China-brokered ceasefire.

Ongoing intense fighting has been reported in six townships of northern Rakhine State—Kyauktaw, Minbya, Mrauk U, Pauktaw, Ramree, and Rathedaung.

AA troops are actively attacking regime bases and attempting to seize towns from the junta.

The recent capture of junta Artillery Battalion 377 and Light Infantry Battalion 539 in Kyauktaw Township, with the subsequent surrender of about 300 junta troops and their family members, exemplifies the challenges faced by the Myanmar military.

AA troops also reportedly launched rocket attacks on the junta naval headquarters in Danyawaddy, located in Kyaukphyu Township, an area where a China-invested project is underway.

In response, the junta deployed a gunboat to shell nearby areas. The Brotherhood Alliance reported that the junta bombed Minbya Town, causing destruction to civilian homes.

Furthermore, an estimated 800 reinforcements from the state capital, Sittwe, arrived in a village in Minbya Township on military barges.

As the conflict in Rakhine State continues, the junta’s response to battlefield losses includes bombings of villages and residential areas, leading to civilian casualties.

The situation underscores the complexity of the ongoing conflict and its broader impact on the affected regions.

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