Myanmar – Increase of Conflict in Rakhine State (DG ECHO, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 28 February 2019)
Intensification of the clashes between the Burmese army and the Arakan army (ethnic armed group fighting for independence) has been reported in the last few days. Conflict has been expanding further to south-west of Rakhine state. Multiple incidents involving air support operations have been reported close to the border with Chin state, leading to new displacement of people. The clashes led to an unknown number of military casualties while reports of the clashes have been widely shared on social media by alleged civilian victims. Further deterioration of the situation – at least until the start of the rainy season – is expected. Access by humanitarian and development actors has not improved in the townships of Kyauktaw, Ponnagyun, Buthidaung, Rathedaung and Maungdaw. Efforts are ongoing to continue monitoring and assessing the impact of this restriction on programmes.
Source: European Commission’s Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations