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It has been reported that the Rohingyas, residents of Maung Nu village and Kin Thama village in Buthidaung Township, have been evacuated to neighboring villages due to the intense fighting between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military from March 25th, 2024, until March 28th.

A resident stated, ”There is a heavy clash between the Arakan Army (AA) and Myanmar military around Maung Nu Rohingya village and Kin Thama Rohingya village, and many artillery shells fell through Rohingya villages, killing a Rohingya child and injuring a woman.”

The Arakan Army attacked the 552nd infantry battalion of the Myanmar military on March 25th, and both sides exchanged heavy weapons fire, resulting in casualties and equipment loss.

Finally, the Arakan Army entered Maung Nu Rohingya village and resumed firing weapons at the 552nd infantry battalion. The military from the 552nd infantry battalion also resumed firing heavy weapons into the village, believing that the Arakan Army was ambushed, resulting in an artillery shell falling on a house in the Rohingya village, killing a child and injuring a woman.

An artillery shell fired by the Myanmar military from the 552nd infantry battalion fell on a Rohingya village, hitting the house of Mr. Sultan, son of Rohim Ali. One of his sons was killed, and his wife was severely injured by the explosion of the artillery shell.

The artillery shell hit Mr. Sultan’s house at midnight while the family and villagers were sleeping, killing one of Mr. Sultan’s sons and severely injuring his wife.

At the time, the Rohingyas from Maung Nu Rohingya village and Kin Thama Rohingya village were evacuated to surrounding villages, including Sorfara, Da Baing Sara, and Noya Fara villages, with most of the villagers seeking refuge in Noya Fara.

The evacuated Rohingya villagers sought refuge at the school in Noya Fara village, with many still unable to find shelter.

A villager from Maung Nu village said, ”The Arakan Army had planted their flag at the 552nd infantry battalion of the Military Council and have also captured Rohingya villages. Rohingyas aren’t allowed to re-enter their villages by the Arakan Army.”

An evacuated villager said, “Some villagers attempted to return to their villages, but the Arakan Army forbade them, saying they cannot return until called. The villagers returned to where they sought refuge. The evacuated villagers are struggling with starvation as they couldn’t carry rations due to the sudden clash between the Arakan Army and the Military Council at midnight.”

Rohingya Vision News