On 20th July Arakan Army (AA) fired two rockets on Myanmar Navy’s three naval ships which attacked AA earlier. The attack took place near the bank of May Yu River in Rathedaung Township. The Myanmar Navy retaliated and fired shells that struck at a place called Saydama field.
This caused five villages mainly from Pyar Bin Yin, Yan Aung Pyin, Zay Gone Dan, Kha Tauk Chaung and Nan Si to flee the villages.
“We heard the sound of gunfire from ships. Artillery shells landed in a field that encompasses four villages. So, villagers were worried that artillery shells would land on their homes so they left their villages,” stated by a local resident from Pyar Bin Yin village according to DMG news.
More than 4000 villagers apparently fled to Yan Aung Byin village and other villages in Rathedaung township.
According to a statement by Rakhine Ethnics Congress (REC) released on 9 July the number of IDPs has now reached over 50,000.
Perhaps It is a high time now for the Rakhines to think who are the real enemy and how the two community of Arakan (Rakhine) state being divided and ruled.
It is noteworthy since 2012 there are till now 127000 Rohingyas in IDPs and no initiative has been taken to return them to their homes.