21 dead in clash between army, fighters: Myanmar

THREE DAYS of fighting between the military (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army (AA) have left at least 21 civilians dead and 27 others injured.
According to the Myanmar Times, civic groups and legislators said 12 civilians were killed and 15 injured in a military air strike on suspected AA hideouts between Paletwa and Sami towns in Chin State recently.
Tatmadaw’s True News Agency secretary Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun said he could not confirm or deny the military air strikes, adding that the Tatmadaw had difficulty distinguishing AA fighters from civilians because AA fighters disguised themselves as civilians.
“There are AA members in nearly every village in Paletwa township. Air attacks are not usually conducted without exact information. We don’t do such reckless things,” he said.
More than 500 people from three villages had fled the air strikes to take shelter at monasteries and schools. Khumi Affairs Coordination Council chairman U Kyaw Nyein said people blamed both Tatmadaw and AA for the civilian casualties.

Source: https://www.nst.com.my/world/region/2020/03/575278/21-dead-clash-between-army-fighters

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