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Puber Kalm Webdesk: Hundreds of Burmese Army soldiers have surrendered to the Arakan Army after Myanmar’s separatist armed group Arakan Army (AA) dominated the fighting across northern Rakhine and southern Chin states. Arakan Army spokesman Khaing Thukha said the junta military is fighting on multiple fronts across the country. They are no longer able to use as much force as they used to in the Rakhine state war. Fighting between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army has intensified in recent weeks. The Arakan Army has captured several military bases and taken control of strategic transport routes. Khaing Thukha claims that at least 100 Burmese soldiers have joined the Arakan Army after the renewed conflict. However, the Myanmar media could not independently verify the Arakan Army’s claims. According to locals, a Myanmar Army soldier left his post in Kyauktau Township in May. Then in early September two more junta troops did the same with 3 officers from the border police outpost in Rathedaung township. The conflict in Rakhine and Paletwa has been at a standstill for nearly 16 months after an undeclared ceasefire that began ahead of November 2020 general elections. But in the past few weeks, the conflict has flared up anew. Arakan Army spokesman said, ‘At the moment we are in a good position. But the military government is constantly increasing its army. The fight may become more intense in the future.’

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