A 37-year-old woman from U Gar village in Rathedaung Township, Arakan State, has filed a lawsuit at the Sittwe Myoma police station against three members of the Myanmar Army over an alleged rape.

Two women from Aung Bala village in Arakan State’s Rathedaung Township were injured by stray bullets fired by the Myanmar Army on July 11, according to family members of the victims.

Two boatmen who returned to Maungdaw Township, Arakan State, from Bangladesh after transporting commodities were reportedly found to have been infected with coronavirus, according to the Maungdaw District Department of Public Health.

The Manaung Public Company’s hotel and tourism zone, one of 10 “master plans” that the firm has put together to further development in Manaung Township, is targeting a November opening date, with applications currently being accepted for hotel staff positions.

With more war refugees arriving in recent weeks at two camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ann town, Arakan State, additional shelters are needed, according to managers of the camps. 

More than 400 government employees and Chin State residents have been stranded in downtown Paletwa, one of western Myanmar’s largest cities, unable to return home for the time being due to safety concerns and suspended transport routes.

Government plans to build new schooling facilities for students from IDP camps in Paletwa Township, Chin State, are being hampered by travel restrictions, according to the Chin State government.

Armed conflict in townships across Arakan State, combined with poor transportation links and restrictions on travel in the affected areas, are causing difficulties accessing healthcare services, with at times life-and-death consequences, according to healthcare workers.

Social organisations in Arakan State are facing difficulties transporting civilians wounded in conflict due to prolonged inspections at checkpoints and also report being hassled when going to IDP camps to distribute donations. 

Arakan Oil Watch (AOW) issued a report on July 8 calling on international oil corporations to suspend their projects in western Myanmar at a time of escalating conflict that the advocacy group said was being fueled by the “plunder” of the region’s natural resources.

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