Dozens of people displaced by fighting in Arakan State’s Ponnagyun Township who fled to downtown Sittwe are reportedly in need of assistance.

Arakan State residents whose livelihoods depend on sea transport are struggling to make ends meet due to junta travel restrictions imposed amid ongoing conflict between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army (AA).

A resident of Chin State’s Paletwa Township who lost the use of both his legs in a landmine blast earlier this month is struggling to afford follow-up treatment.

A beauty pageant for married women will be held in the Arakan State capital Sittwe from December 22-26, according to the organiser, Mrs. Ethnic Tourism.

Local residents in Arakan State have called on authorities to assign more specialists to treat certain medical problems at the 500-bed Sittwe General Hospital.

Family members are concerned about the safety of seven people detained on Friday at a junta security checkpoint near the village of Kansauk in Kyauktaw Township. 

The Myanmar military detained a ward administrator in Kyaukphyu Township on Friday, according to locals.

More than 70 out of approximately 90 junta-appointed ward and village administrators in Arakan State’s Ponnagyun Township, where the military and Arakan Army (AA) have exchanged fire with deadly effect in recent weeks, have reportedly tendered resignation letters to the township administrator’s office in recent days. 

To commemorate International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which falls on December 3, sporting events were held at the Danyawaddy sports grounds on Friday morning in Sittwe.

Junta troops and Karen National Liberation Army (KNLA) Brigade 6-led resistance forces engaged in fierce fighting on the Myawaddy-Waw Lay road in Kayin (Karen) State’s Myawaddy Township this week. Thousands of residents have been forced from their homes by junta aerial bombardments and artillery strikes.