Two new AA-Tatmadaw skirmishes in Paletwa Township
30 October 2020 – With the election just two weeks away, the Tatmadaw and the Arakan Army exchanged fire near Nungbu and Kimachaung villages, Paletwa Township, Chin State on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
“It was true that there were clashes between Tatmadaw and AA on 26 and 27 October. But they didn’t shoot long. And we heard that there were no civilian casualties,” a Khumi leader, who asked to speak on condition of anonymity, told the Chinland Guardian.
AA spokesperson U Khai Thu Kha said that the fighting took place in the two Chin villages in the morning and that there was another clash in Minbya Township, Rakhine State.
The ongoing conflict, which has started since 2015, between Myanmar’s armed forces and the Arakan Army, has forced thousands of Chin civilians in Paletwa Township to flee their native places.
Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross reported that a boat carrying its ‘humanitarian assistance’ was fired in Rakhine State last Wednesday and that one person was killed and two injured.
Last Tuesday, the Union Election Commission announced that the planned general election would be conducted in 94 village tracts in conflict-affected Paletwa Township. – Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang