A 15 year Rohingya boy was injured by heavy artillery in Buthidaung

Yesterday, a 15-year-old Rohingya was injured during a fight between Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) and the Arakan Army (AA) at Sin Thay Byin village, Buthidaung.

The fighting broke out in the evening near San Go Daung village. At around 10 p.m. three artillery shells landed in the following village and both sides exchanged fire for thirty minutes.

“A shell fell near our house. My son was injured by a piece of flying shrapnel last night. We took him to Buthidaung hospital this morning,” said Chul La Mauk, father of the injured boy.

“The boy suffered from a slight injury in his back,” said U Kyaw Min Tun, administrator of Buthidaung Township.

Sin Thay Byin is a Rohingya village in San Go Daung village tract which includes six villages. Clashes often occur near these villages, civilians are often injured and killed.

Apparently, on 3rd April 2019, more than 10 Rohingyas who were harvesting bamboo near Sai Din creek were injured by Tatmadaw’s helicopter attack. On a press release, The Tatmadaw admitted death of 6 Rohingya and 9 were injured when its troop attacked the AA. The Military further allegedly stated that the Muslims (Rohingya) were together with the AA.

But in reality, a total of 11 Rohingya villagers were killed and 16 others injured in airstrikes from the Military’s helicopter attack near Sai Din creek on the following event according to Abu Phway Yaw, an official from the Sai Din bamboo production plantation.