Junta airstrikes in Rakhine, 6 dead

Last Updated on June 20, 2024 10:42 am

Six civilians have been killed in an airstrike by the ruling junta in Myanmar’s western coastal state of Rakhine. The casualties occurred in the attack carried out in Tangup town in the last three days.

In a report, The Irrawaddy reported that two teenagers and a woman were killed in an airstrike in Kanseik village on Pandin Island on Tuesday (June 18). A few others were injured. Many residents fled the village in fear after the airstrike.

Villagers alleged that it was a deliberate attack by the military junta on civilians. Several houses were also destroyed in this attack.

Earlier, the Myanmar military launched an airstrike on Thin Ki Meking village, about three kilometers from Tangup town, last Saturday night after a clash with the Arakan Army. Two women were killed.

On the same day, a 17-year-old boy was injured in an airstrike in Yawar Thit Kel village. Later he also died while undergoing treatment in the hospital.

With this, the number of people killed in air strikes in Rakhine in the last three days has reached six.

Earlier, on June 8 and 11, the junta forces carried out shelling on the outskirts of Tangup and airstrikes on Saturday morning. It was the first fight between the two sides in the city.

Residents said clashes broke out between the military junta and the Arakan Army near Tangup University that night. This was followed by massive shelling and airstrikes by the junta forces.

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