Nidin, Kyauktaw Township – Tensions in Rakhine State escalated tragically on January 30, 2024, as clashes between the Arakan Army and Myanmar’s military forces led to devastating consequences for local Rohingya residents. The village of Nidin, located within the Kyauktaw Township, became a focal point of the conflict, enduring gunfire and shelling that resulted in the loss of six lives and left 20 individuals wounded.
As the Myanmar Army intensified its operations, Rohingya residents of the affected villages, including Nidin, Pauktaw Palaung, and surrounding areas, found themselves in a dire situation. The conflict forced them to flee their homes in search of safety. The escalating violence did not spare neighboring villages either; inhabitants of Apauk Wah and Ywar Nya initially sought refuge in Pauktaw Palaung, only to find themselves caught in the crossfire and compelled to seek safety elsewhere.
The conflict’s brutality was further underscored by the complete destruction of these Rohingya villages, a grim aftermath of the artillery shelling carried out by the Myanmar Military. Reports indicate that the Navy’s involvement in the shelling contributed to the extensive damage, rendering the villages uninhabitable and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the region.