A Dozen Rakhine and Muslim Injured by Gunshot in Rakhine State

In charge of Arakan military operation Sir General and Division Commander

Sittway. April 16, 2020
Myanmar soldiers fire guns and artilleries into Pikethay Yat ward in Kyauktaw Town at 4 PM today and wounded a dozen. 

Piketay Yat is a twin ward in Kyauktaw, coexist with Rakhine and Rohingya, westward of the Gisspa Bridge and near the highway. 

“Six Rakhine and six Muslim residents are wounded,” Lawmaker U Htun Won said.

He said, “The shell is landed in the house and entire family of four are injured. One of the family members is very critical. Two more men are wounded when they are walking on the road. All are treated at Kyauktaw hospital. But the wounded Muslim are treated at their homes.”

“It is hard to tell what makes the soldiers to shoot into the ward. But I am told by the wounded patients and the residents there is no gun fire exchanges near the bridge where the army has a temporary station and patrolling around,” he said.

Some community members told our news agency the army is blocking ambulances when they rescue volunteers are carrying the critical patient to Sittway hospital. They said they patient may be dying now. 

The wounded Rohingya are not allowed to admit to the government owned medical facilities as the authority has instructed to the hospital since 2012 , after the communal violence.

Kyauktaw hospital has very limited medical treatment facilities and lack of professional surgeons. 

The rescue members said the critically wounded patient needs a major operation. 

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