Date : 23-Nov-2023
The Arakan Army (AA) successfully rescued around 100
innocent civilians, including monks, the elderly, children and pregnant women
held as human shields by the Myanmar junta for six days on November 21, 2023
On November 21, at approximately 12:02 pm, an intense clash
erupted between the Arakan Army (AA) and the Myanmar junta in some downtown
areas and Lawka Hteik Pan Pagoda Hill in Pauktaw Township, Arakan.
For six days, those people were held as hostages and
utilized as human shields. This atrocious act of abduction had been perpetrated
by the Myanmar junta starting from November 16, 2023.
The clash with Myanmar junta troops in Pauktaw downtown was
triggered by the urgent need to rescue civilian hostages. This intense
confrontation successfully liberated the hostages but resulted in a fierce
fight where most of the SAC's troops were eliminated. Some military weapons and
ammunition were seized during this intense fight. Some Arrakkha soldiers of the
AA have sacrificed their lives for the country and the people, and some were
Our adversary, the Myanmar military junta, has been
aimlessly launching the sea-land-air joint operation - airstrikes, navy
attacks, heavy artilleries, and multiple rocket launchers at the places where
the clash was breaking out and at the places where there was no clash.
The Arakan Army (AA) remains committed to defending the
lives, properties, and prosperity of the Arakan people, vowing to respond to
anyone threatening them. Any SAC troops who are committing war crimes against
the Arakan people will suffer the consequences, as previously announced by the
Arakan Army (AA).
While striving to ensure the safe evacuation of the
remaining hostages used as human shields, the Arakan Army (AA) is and will
eliminate the remainder of the SAC's troops in Pauktaw Township, Arakan.