Three children killed amid Rakhine fighting

27 August 2019
Three children killed amid Rakhine fighting
Rakhine Volunteers carry an injured Rakhine ethnic woman as they arrive to Sittwe Hospital in Sittwe, Rakhine State, Western Myanmar, 24 August 2019. According to reports, three  people died and several others are injured after heavy weapons and bullets hit the houses in the village of Pyan Mraung near Min Bya township during clashes  between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA) on 24 August. Photo: Nyunt Win/EPA

An explosion from a stray artillery shell killed three Myanmar children and injured four other civilians on Saturday in a village near Minbya township, amid fighting between Myanmar forces and the Arakan Army, each of which blamed the other side for the deaths, RFA reported.

Pan Myaung village and the hills east of the community have been the site of fighting between the two sides since Aug. 23, with government soldiers now stationed in the village and firing heavy weapons, said Pan Myaung village administrator Tin Aung Kyaw.

Most residents have fled the village and have sought shelter in nearby areas, he said.