The Arakan Army (AA), an ethnic armed group operating in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, has declared its control over the vital port town of Paletwa, situated along the Kaladan River and sharing borders with India and Bangladesh, according to a report on Monday.
On January 14, AA spokesperson Khine Thu Kha addressed concerns about border stability, emphasising the group’s commitment to cooperation with neighboring countries. The AA announced its intention to assume control over administration and law enforcement in the Paletwa region. Despite efforts to seek comments from the military junta regarding the situation, there has been no response.
It is important to note that the report has not independently verified the claim made by the Arakan Army. This incident follows the recent takeover of Laukkai town in northern Shan State by the Three Brotherhood Alliance, another rebel group.