In the Rakhine state of Myanmar, bordering Bangladesh, fierce clashes are going on between the army of the ruling junta and the insurgent group Arakan Army (AA). Thousands of people are fleeing this state. Law enforcement agencies fear that worried Rohingyas may cross into Bangladesh.
The Foreign Minister talked to the journalists on Saturday about this. Hasan Mahmud.
After the meeting with the former British MPs at the state guest house Padma, the minister told reporters, ‘Tension has been going on in Myanmar for a few days. BGB is on maximum alert on our border.’
According to reliable sources, Rohingyas are running from one village to another in Myanmar in search of safe shelter. Also trying to enter Bangladesh.
Myanmar’s local media quoted Irrawaddy locals as saying that Buchidong is only 30 kilometers from Bangladesh’s Teknaf.
Earlier on January 15, the insurgent group Arakan Army (AA) claimed to occupy Paletwa town in Rakhine state. The group’s spokesperson, Khain Thu Kha, said, “We have captured Paletwa, a port city on the banks of the Kaladan River. The city is very important for commercial transactions with neighboring countries (Bangladesh and India).’
The Arakan Army said on Friday that they have captured Pakta, the most important port city in Rakhine.
Since then, a fierce fight started with the army and the Arakan army. The Arakan Army is now desperate to take control of the entire Rakhine state.