Myanmar Helicopter Pounding Near Ma Nyin Taung Village in Rathedaung township of Rakhine State in Myanmar

Locations of helicopter pounding and artillery landing inside the village on August 13. 

AN. Sittway. August 14, 2020.

Myanmar helicopter was dropping bombs and fired missiles near Ma Nyin Taung village in Rathedaung township at 5 pm yesterday. 

An artillery fired from Rathedaung military based was landed inside Kyauk Yan Thar Si village, but no casualty was reported. 
“Helicopter came and dropped bombs and fired missiles near Ma Nyin Taung village at 5 pm for 15 minutes yesterday. There was no fighting with Arakan Army. I did not know why the helicopter was pounding in that area,” said a villager from Ma Nyin Taung village.
Two thirds of villagers have already fled from the village since July. Only one thirds of the farmer are remaining in the village.

The villager said 30 rounds of artilleries were firing near the village from the military base in Rathedaung yesterday. 

He said, “Military base in Htee Swee village have been firing 60-mm artilleries for entire night for two months already. Shells were also fired from Yae Soe Chaing tactical base yesterday.” 

Several navy landing crafts have been dropping hundreds of troops in the east and west sides of May Yu River since the first week of August. 

3,000 villagers have been fleeing from Doe Wai Chaung and Tha Mee Hla regions to Buthedaung, Rathedaung, and Sittway after Myanmar troops are searching the villages. 

A shell fired from Myanmar nay was landed in Kyaung Daung village and injured several villagers, including one year old boy, on August 9. 

A local human rights documentation institute—Arakan Information Center (AIC) reports until July 2020, Myanmar army has killed 285 civilians, injured 570, and arrested 606 villagers since the military has been launching offensive operations in Rakhine State and Paletwa township in Chin State in January 2019. 

AIC reports it has recorded 45 villagers have been disappeared, and 233,451 civilians have been displaced until July 2020. 


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