As residents of Arakan State townships where fighting has been occurring between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA) have continued to flee to safer locations, around 500 people from Rathedaung Township recently arrived in Sittwe seeking shelter.

First aid training is to be provided in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw, Rathedaung, Manaung, Kyaukphyu and Minbya townships, according to officials from the Sittwe branch of the Myanmar Red Cross Society, as conflict continues to wrack the region.

Two women who had been receiving medical treatment at Sittwe General Hospital for severe gunshots wounds succumbed to those injuries on Saturday, family members said.

One of three women reported missing from a village in Arakan State’s Maungdaw Township was found dead on Friday night with her throat slashed, according to the administrator of Thupanna village-tract.

Thousands of people have fled their homes since artillery shells landed in or near some villages in Arakan State’s Kyauktaw Township over recent days, lawmakers and residents said.

Twenty-two civilians sustained gunshot wounds after a military truck hit a remote landmine near Tinnyo village in Arakan State’s Mrauk-U Township, according to residents, with one local official describing a subsequent reprisal on March 13 involving a hail of indiscriminate gunfire.

Three civilians were killed and five others were injured when gunfire erupted in Thazi village, Kyauktaw Township, at about 1 p.m. on March 13, according to residents.

Students currently sitting for matriculation exams are also finding their mettle, courage and focus put to the test in Arakan State’s Mrauk-U and Kyauktaw townships, where gunfire rang out, artillery shells exploded and several more civilian casualties were tallied over recent days in the war-torn region.

The number of internally displaced people (IDPs) has increased by more than 2,000 in Kyauktaw Township, Arakan State, due to fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA), State Hluttaw member U Maung Maung told DMG.

A teenage boy and a woman living in Latwel Sardike village, Ponnagyun Township, were hit and injured by stray artillery shells as fighting flared near the village on March 11, locals said.

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