The ongoing fighting between the Tatmadaw and AA has escalated between May 12 and 14, both sides have causalities.

“We released all detained villagers apart from six villagers who confessed that they are members of the AA and two other suspected villagers who have been under interrogation, said Brig-Gen Zaw Min Tun, secretary of the Tatmadaw True News Information Team.

Displaced people from skirmishes who took refuge in some monasteries in Sittwe were told by authorities to return home by May 12, said a senior monk from Amyotha monastery who accepted war refugees.

During the interrogation, six detained civilians died and eight others were injured after a clash on May 2. The eight injured received medical treatment at Sittwe hospital, and four of the detainees from 275 villagers went missing.

The boy from Mee Yat Pyin village, identified as Maung Myo Naing, received severe injuries and died on the way to Kyauktaw hospital.

A member of the Border Guard Police attempted to rape a woman who was searching for her cow in a village in Northern Maungdaw on May 11, according to a relevant village administrator.

Civilian deaths in northern Arakan State have surged day by day due to explosions of landmines and artillery shells that were left unexploded during clashes near villages.

“In the summer, we face water shortages and we had to fetch water from other villages, this action wastes our time. We could not cook our food in a timely fashion,” said Daw Oo Than Hmone from Kyay Daw Pike Sate village.

Three villages in Sittwe Township will have access to an electric power supply within the 2019-2020 fiscal year, said a member of parliament in Arakan State.

“The FDA released a list of foods that should not be consumed after they were tested. However, people had already eaten the tainted food. These spoiled food products are mostly found in some villages in remote area.

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