Woman Shot Through the Leg Following Kyauktaw Township Clash

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A 50-year-old woman in Rakhine State’s Kyauktaw Township was shot on Monday while carrying water to her home.

Chair of the Phyusin Metta Social Association Nyi Pu said the woman, Mya Win Yee, was from Ting Ma village, near where fighting between the Burma Army and Arakan Army occurred at around 11:00 a.m. on the same day.

“A bullet passed through her thigh. We picked her up with a boat. There is a road to Ting Ma village but the situation there is not good. That’s why we picked her up by the waterway. She has arrived in Kyauktaw [town],” he explained.

Mya Win Yee’s sister said that before she was shot, she had heard gunfire, but did not know if it was one-sided shooting or a clash between the Burma Army and the Arakan Army.

“My sister had gone to bring water from the well located outside of the village…. A bullet hit her,” her sister explained, adding that the Burma Army had been deployed around Ting Ma recently. “We were all afraid when we heard the sound of guns firing,” she added.

Nyi Pu said that a clash had occurred, but that the Burma Army “continued shooting guns after the clash was over.”

He said that the fighting was outside of Ting Ma but that shells landed in the community, damaging the monastery and some homes. A shell also landed in Kyauktaw town on February 22, injuring three civilians.

Locals have reported that weapons have frequently been fired around Ting Ma since the second week in February, and that they have been living in fear of the violence continuing.

Another woman in Kyauktaw’s Long Shay village was also hit by a bullet on February 20. A man in Ting Ma was injured by shrapnel on February 18.