The army of the country’s junta government has fired artillery in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which borders Bangladesh. It has been reported that more than 12 Rohingya Muslims have been killed. Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency reported this information citing local human rights organizations.
The human rights organization Free Rohingya Coalition said that the army has been carrying out indiscriminate attacks in Myanmar’s western Rakhine state for the past two days. Yesterday, the Myanmar army fired artillery shells at Hopon Neo Lake village in Buchidong area of Rakhine. More than 12 Rohingya Muslims have been killed.
Free Rohingya Coalition co-founder Ro Neh San Luin wrote in a post on social media X that fierce fighting is going on between local Arakor fighters and the Myanmar army in Buchidong. The people of Rohingya community have suffered the most in this fight. Basically they have become the target of this attack.
Earlier in 2017, when the Myanmar army started a massive crackdown on the Rohingyas, the Rohingyas were forced to leave the country en masse. At that time, more than 1.2 million Rohingyas crossed the border and sought refuge in Bangladesh. Now they are living in the largest refugee camp in the world in Cox’s Bazar.
Myanmar media Irrawaddy reported that Buchidong is only 30 kilometers from Teknaf in Bangladesh. The Arakan Army (AA) and the ruling junta’s army have been clashing heavily in the region for the past few days. Thousands of people have started fleeing this state in such a situation. This time too there is a fear of Rohingyas crossing the border to enter Bangladesh.
On January 15, the insurgent group Arakan Army (AA) claimed to take over the town of Paletwa in Rakhine State. Then last Friday, the Arakan Army said that they have also captured Pakta, the most important port city in Rakhine.
Since then, fierce fighting started with the army and the Arakan army. The Arakan Army is now desperate to take control of the entire Rakhine state.