The Tatmadaw’s explanation of its assault on the town on March 18 bears little resemblance to what an Irrawaddy reporter and other local witnesses saw that day.
The temples of popular tourist destination Mrauk-U are being rattled by persistent shelling from a nearby police regiment towards the nearby mountains.
Since Monday, villages in Mrauk-U Township have experienced continued shelling and military patrols, during which one woman was shot and thousands were forced to flee to urban Mrau
Residents of the Rakhine State township say soldiers driving through town on Monday night opened fired unprovoked. The military claims it was attacked by the Arakan Army.
A woman was injured and a historic pagoda was damaged by artillery fire in Mrauk-U during fighting between the Myanmar military and rebels, a community elder and an official said.
The latest death in Mrauk-U brings to five the number of civilians killed by landmines or unexploded ordnance in the area since February.
Eight were among 12 wounded and 7 killed when police opened fire on crowd protesting cancellation of Arakan Dynasty commemoration in January.