Clashes in Rakhine force thousands more to flee

06 August 2019
Clashes in Rakhine force thousands more to flee
Rakhine ethnic people who fled from conflict areas gather at Wibttza war di Monastery 's temporary camp in Min Gan Ward Sittwe, Rakhine State, Myanmar, 10 July 2019. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

A fierce clash between the Myanmar military and Arakan Army (AA) has prompted thousands of civilians to flee their homes in 10 villages during exchanges of gunfire in war-stricken Rakhine state, RFA reported.

About 5,000 people who have fled their villages in Minbya township since July 27, when military units entered their communities, are now living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. Others are staying temporarily with relatives or have camped out in forests, they said.

The fighting began July 28 and has continued until now, it was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.