People’s Defense Forces and ethnic armed organizations ambushed regime forces across the country on Thursday.
Regime personnel captured by the Arakan Army were killed and wounded when junta jets bombed the cells where they were detained.
Junta forces are blocking transport routes in northern Rakhine as clashes with ethnic armed organization the Arakan Army continue.
Access to six townships has been temporarily blocked due to escalating clashes between the Arakan Army and the Myanmar military.
The Chin National Front tells The Irrawaddy that the regime now controls only towns and some major roads.
Junta jets and helicopters are targeting Arakan Army fighters operating on the Myanmar-Bangladesh frontier.
The regime launched airstrikes after the Arakan Army killed 19 police officers at a border outpost in Maungdaw Township, Rakhine State, on Wednesday.
The powerful armed group said it seized a police outpost on the Bangladesh border.
Clashes between the Arakan Army and junta troops are intensifying in Paletwa Township on the border of Chin and Rakhine states.
Only by working together can the peoples of Myanmar end the violence and regain their freedom.
The deaths and several injuries occurred when regime artillery shells hit a village in Rakhine State’s Mrauk-U Township after AA fighters ambushed junta troops.
The regime fired artillery at AA targets in northern Maungdaw all day Tuesday after a bloody weekend of fighting that saw nearly 40 junta troops killed.
Military tensions are running high between the Arakan Army and junta forces in northern Rakhine and southern Chin states.
The AA abducted the senior member of the rival Arakan Liberation Party two months after he attended peace talks staged by the military regime in June.
A return to conflict in Rakhine State seems inevitable as ethnic armed organization the Arakan Army is increasingly clashing with regime forces.