Amid Highest Covid-19 Spread in Rakhine State, Myanmar Army’s Shell Wounded 4 Civilians in the Village; Government Spokesperson Zaw Htay Is Silence

The seen of new open market in Sittway today after the main market was shutdown yesterday

 AN. Sittway. August 23, 2020 

Civilians Casualties Increasing 

Amid the highest Covid-19 infection spreading in the capital city of Rakhine State, Myanmar army based in Ma Nyin Taung village fired shells and injured 4 civilians, including a 3 years old child, in Kyauk Yan Thar Si village in Rathedaung township after 7 pm yesterday. 

 

Forty years old village woman Aye Thein Nu was critically injured. Three years old girl Kine Myat Myat, and two other village men Kyaw Aye, 42, and Tun Tin, 40, were wounded by the shell explosion in their residents.

 

The injured villagers faced very difficult for transportation to hospital last night for further treatment. 

 

“The shell hit Daw Aye Thein Nu’s head and critically injured. We called ICRC in Sitwtay for helps. They said they could not help because curfew has been imposed in Sittway,” said the village chief Buddhist monk Ven. U Kuway Ra.

 

The chief monk said there was no clash between AA and Myanmar army near the village, but Myanmar army has fired shells and guns every night for 2 months already. One of the shells landed in Kyauk Yan Thar Si village last night. 

 

Similarly, Myanmar army shot a passenger boat in Ka Zu Kahing village and wounded two civilians on August 19. The injured villagers were brought to Sittway hospital yesterday. 

 

Highest Infection of Covid-19 in Rakhine State 

Ministry of Health and Support reported last night 6 more residents were infected in Sittway, including 2 residents from Mrauk U, reaching 61 total infected persons in Rakhine State within one week period. 

 

The Infected records are as:

August 16---1 person in Sittway 

August 19---3 persons in Sittway

August 20---5 persons in Sittway 

August 21---20 persons in Sittway; 1 person from Mrauk U

August 22---16 persons in Sittway 

August 22 at 8 pm--- 6 persons; 4 from Sittway and 2 from Mrauck 

 

Government Spokesperson Silencing 

Government Spokesperson warned during the press conference in Nyapaytaw on August 21 Arakan Army not to attack and ambush Myanmar army in the highest time of Covid-19 infection in Rakhine State. He urged AA to be humanity. 

 

Contrarily, Myanmar army unilaterally shelled and fired guns to residential places and injured 6 civilians, including 2 villagers in Ann and 4 residents in Rathedaung townships, since the Covid-19 infection has been increasing in August 16. 

 

But government spokesperson Zaw Htay keeps silence for the government security forces shelling and firing guns into residential areas that injured a half dozen civilian in Rakhine State. 

 

Arakan Army Spokesperson Khine Thu Kha told local media, “The government spokesperson was just politicking with Covid-19 outbreak. In opposite, Myanmar army is killing Rakhine people inhumanly and every day by shelling, bombing, and firing guns into the residential villages.” 

 

Internet are still restricted for faster services in 9 townships. Millions of local residents are confused and fear since they do not get accurate information but mostly rumors. 

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