While aid from the UN started to flow into affected areas in northern Rakhine, violent armed attackers set fire to a home and abducted two villagers in Maungtaw on Monday, according to local authorities.
One of the villagers was found later with stab wounds following the attack on the village of Phykarli, Zinpaingnyar Village-tract, in Maungtaw Township, where a series of coordinated attacks on three border guard posts happened in early October, killing nine policemen.
On Monday, about 15 armed attackers arrived at the village at around 10 pm, broke into the house owned by Phikezae and Mamud Feroz and took them away. Before leaving, the attackers set the house on fire, according to villagers.
Shortly after the incident, troops launched an area clearance operation around the village and found Mamud Feroz with 11 cuts and two stab wounds to his face and body.
The victim was rushed to the Maungtaw Hospital by the troops. It could not be determined what happened to the second abductee.
Meanwhile, acting on a tip-off, local authorities inspected a camp for displaced people in Kotankauk Village in Maungtaw yesterday and arrested two displaced people on suspicion of providing aid to the violent armed attackers.
Also on Monday, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement that the World Food Programme has been granted permission to deliver aid to four villages.
“This is the first time humanitarian access has been granted to the affected areas of Maungtaw Township since the violence that erupted on 9 October,” the statement said.
Diplomats and UN officials visited the affected areas in Rakhine State recently and responded constructively to the government’s handling of the situation after the October 9 attacks.
“We didn’t find evidence of military rapes of women in Rakhine State,” UN Resident Coordinator Ms Renata Dessallien said at the press conference in Yangon following their visit to Rakhine State.
Cris Carter, the UN Senior Advisor for Rakhine, who is currently in northern Rakhine to provide aid to displaced people from both communities, said the UN would provide dry rations including rice, edible oil, peas and salt as humanitarian aid to displaced people for four to five weeks.
The violent attacks have badly impacted the local people, and both local ethnic people and the Islamic community should respect the rule of law to prevent any form of violent attacks in the future, she added.
The UN statement said approximately 150,000 people had been cut off from food, cash and nutritional assistance for the past four weeks.
Food and household goods donated for members of Defence Services, the Border Guard Police Force and local residents by people from across Myanmar were airlifted from Yangon to Sittway by Tatmadaw helicopters yesterday, according to the Myawady News.
A total of 2,255 cans of sardines, 400 cans of chicken, 1,500 cans of fried fish-paste, four boxes of dried noodles, coffee mix, cheroots and edible oil were delivered.—Global New Light of Myanmar