Dar Latt village tract is situated along the shared border of Ann and Myebon townships, about 30 miles from the town of Ann. Clashes between the Tatmadaw and the AA were first reported near Dar Latt village on December 25.

“The AA shot at security forces with small arms around 7:30 p.m. last night. We didn’t respond to them. If we had returned fire, the whole of Kyauktaw town would be ash,” he said. “We, the Tatmadaw, are doing everything with a big heart. That’s why we didn’t shoot back.”

Riding bicycles and wearing blue tops, a group of 20 young people sought to peddle their way to peace on the evening of December 29, launching a “search for justice in Arakan State” campaign in the state capital Sittwe.

“We heard that the Myanmar army called the ambulance for the injured people and sent them to Ann Hospital. And we also found that they gave money to villagers to get them to say that we [AA] were responsible for the attack,”

Three road workers went missing near Mu Yin village in Kyaukphyu Township, Arakan State, at around 6 p.m. on December 26, with a relative of one of the missing men saying there is no word yet on their whereabouts.

About 2,000 people have left their homes in Ann Township, Arakan State, due to recent fighting between the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army (AA), according to volunteers who are helping the internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Four local residents including one woman were wounded in an apparent gunfight near Maha Kangyishin Pagoda in Kyauktaw town, Arakan State, at about 9:30 a.m. on December 28, according to family members of the victims.

The Tatmadaw disposed of expired ammunition at a location west of Light Infantry Battalion No. 543’s headquarters in Kyaukphyu Township, Arakan State, on December 26, according to a source from the township General Administration Department.

The Arakan Army (AA) and the Tatmadaw are at odds over the death of a local National League for Democracy leader in Arakan State who died while in the custody of the ethnic armed group, which is claiming that he was killed by a Tatmadaw artillery shell.

Youth interest in politics in Arakan State is on the rise and young people have high expectations for shaking up the political system, according to Ko Saw Kalayar Tun, a delegate from the Arakan Youth Affairs Committee (AYAC).

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