Landmines Spreading Across Myanmar: Monitoring Report


The use of landmines has been reported in four more townships in Myanmar due to the ongoing clashes between Myanmar’s military and the Arakan Army (AA), according to the 2019 report by the Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

Paletwa Township in Chin State and Maungdaw, Kyaukphyu and Buthidaung in Rakhine State now have landmines, according to the report.

“There were previously no landmines in those four townships. But they are on the list now. It is hard to make comparisons because we get information from different sources each year. But more people have definitely been injured by mines this year than the previous year,” said regional coordinator Dr. Yeshua Moser-Puangsuwan of the monitoring agency at the launch of the report in Yangon on Friday.

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Source: The Irrawaddy