Myanmar Navy's Shell Wounded 4 Villagers in Rathedaung Townships in Rakhine State, Myanmar

Location map of Myanmar navy ships in May You River and injury of 4 civilians 
AN. Sittway. August 9, 2020.

Local people reported a shell fired from Navy landing crafts landed in a village in Rathedaung township and injured 4 villagers, including 1 year old boy, at 1 pm today.

Myanmar navy in May Yu River fired artilleries and shells to the left and right sides of the river since 1 pm for over one hours. One the shells landed in Kyaung Taung village and wounded Maung Yae Naing Lin, 1, U Soe Aung Pru, 69, U U Shwe Soe, 63, and Ko Kyaw Soe Ti, 27. 

“Myanmar navy is firing more than 100 rounds of artilleries and shells from the river. A shell is landing in our village and injuring a boy and thee more villagers,” Chairman of Kyaung Taung village told our news. 

He said, “We cannot take the wounded villagers to hospital. The navy are still firing the shells and machine guns.”

The local people cannot explain why the navy are firing the big guns. 

Myanmar army has been launching clearance operation in Kyauk Tan village tract since July 16. 

The army attacked AA bases in Kyauk Tan and Aung Thar Zay villages on June 24 and throughout the July. Four villagers were injured in Kyauk Tan village in July when Myanmar army was firing sells and machine guns to the village. 

Kyaung Taung village is located several miles in southwest of Kyauk Tan and Aung Thar Zay villages and opposite of Htee Swee military base and just across the May Yu River. 

No military clash has been reported near Aung Thar Zay village since the third week of July. 

“Usually, AA does not attack the navy ships in day light time. Probably this, AA and Myanmar army are fighting in the west side of the river. The shells fired from the navy ships are the support fires to the fighting ground,” said a Rakhine analyst who wants to keep his name in confident. 

Myanmar navy stopped Aung Tan Khun 2 passenger boat by navy ships near the Rathedaung military base LIB-538 yesterday. 

“The navy ships stopped our boat and searched all our bags and luggage. All males from the boat were searched and questioned,” a passenger told Narinjara news. 

The boat was released and landed in Sittway port in late evening. 

A local human rights documentation institute—Arakan Information Center (AIC) reports until July 2020 Myanmar army has killed 285 civilians, injured 570, and arrested 606 villagers since the military operation has been launching in Rakhine State and Paletwa township in Chin State in January 2019. 

AIC reports it has recorded 45 villagers have been disappeared and 233,451 civilians have been displaced until July 2020. 

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