Bangladesh-Myanmar Border Tensions Flare Again: Helicopter Attacks Spark Panic

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By Bangladesh Reports

Gunfire and Mortar Shells Heard Across Border in Bangladesh

Gunshots and mortar shells were suddenly heard again today Friday (February 23) inside Myanmar across the border at Tumbru in Naikshyongchari in Bandarban and Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar. Locals said that these bullets were fired from the helicopter of the Janata army targeting the rebels of Myanmar. It has created panic.

Myanmar-Bangladesh Border Tensions Flare Again: Helicopter Attacks Spark Panic

Locals Flee Fields, Fearful of Renewed Conflict

Farmers and day laborers working in the fields rushed back to safe shelters at the sound of gunfire. In this situation, anxiety has arisen among the residents of the Tumbru and Huaikong border. However, the Ukhia border is still reported to be calm.

Rebel Group Claims Imminent Liberation of Myanmar State

Meanwhile, the ‘Three Brotherhood Alliance’, an alliance of three rebel groups, has announced that Myanmar’s Arkan state will soon be freed from the junta. They announced this in a statement on February 20 (Tuesday). Rakhine-based media Narinjara News reported this information yesterday Thursday (February 22). In the meantime, helicopter attacks were carried out targeting the rebels across the Bangladesh border. However, the Arakan Army (AA) has already taken over most of the state.

Arakan Army Holds Significant Territory, But Clashes Continue

Just when hope for peace started to glimmer on the Myanmar-Bangladesh border, it was snuffed out by the renewed roar of gunfire. The Arakan Army, having carved out a significant chunk of Rakhine state, seemed poised for victory. But near Cox’s Bazar, the fragile peace shattered, leaving a bitter taste in the mouths of those yearning for an end to the conflict.

Imagine the joy of a farmer finally returning to his fields, only to be chased back by the crackle of gunfire. Imagine the fear etched on a child’s face as they huddle under a makeshift shelter, the echoes of explosions their lullaby. This is the reality for border communities caught in the crossfire between the rebels and the Junta.

The Arakan Army’s territorial gains may be real, but victory feels miles away. Fear hangs heavy, a suffocating blanket over the hopes for peace.

Hopes for Peace Dashed as Violence Erupts Near Cox’s Bazar

Outposts along the Bangladesh border have been captured by the insurgents. And the rebels are rushing to occupy these areas to take over the city of Mangdu. It is hoped that the clashes in the border areas will reduce to a great extent and the sound of gunfire will decrease. As a result, the normal situation on the border was restored for a few days, and the panic among the common people was over. But from this morning suddenly the local people heard the sound of bullets and mortar shells on the border of Tumbru in Naikxyongchari and Hoikyong Jhimongkhali in Teknaf. As a result, fear has appeared again in their minds.

Farmers and Residents Express Anxiety, Uncertain about Future

Locals said, from morning to noon, the Janta army fired from helicopters at the base of the rebels. The sound of the gunshots came from the other side.Abdul Jabbar, a farmer working in the winter vegetable field along Tumbru river, said, “After the sound of gunshots, we left the field and quickly took shelter at home. However, I did not hear any more gunshots after the afternoon. Still, fear remains in our minds.

Another farmer, Jamal Hossain, said, “I don’t know what to do if the conflict starts again on the Myanmar border.” I will not be able to recover the loss of crops.

Baishfandi border residents. Ershad said, “There was no sound of gunshots for two or three days. We were quite fearless. But on Friday again I was scared by the sound of gunshots.

Journalist Confirms Helicopter Attacks, Rebels Targeted

Local journalist Mahmudul Hasan said, “The sound of gunshots has been coming from this morning. However, people near the border say that the rebels were shot at from the helicopter.

Hope was flickering briefly on the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, extinguished as abruptly as the last rays of the setting sun. The lull in gunfire, the return to routine, all shattered by the chilling echo of bullets and mortar shells. Local journalist Mahmudul Hasan, his voice laced with a weariness etched by conflict, confirmed the grim reality: “The sound of gunshots has been coming from this morning. People near the border say the rebels were shot at from the helicopter.”

Panic, like a wildfire, swept through the border communities. Farmers, their hopes for a peaceful harvest dashed, scrambled for shelter. Children, their laughter silenced, clung to their families, eyes wide with fear. The memory of past clashes, the scars still raw, reopened with each deafening boom.

Uncertainty hangs heavy in the air, as thick as the smoke rising from distant fires. Will the fragile peace crumble once more? Will the cycle of violence, fueled by distant conflicts, continue to claim its toll on innocent lives?

The answer, it seems, lies not just in the volatile political landscape of Myanmar, but also in the hearts of the border communities. Will fear win, driving them deeper into despair? Or will they, like the resilient reeds bending in the wind, rise again, their hope for peace unyielding?

One thing is certain: the world watches, its gaze fixed on this fragile border, where the echoes of gunfire paint a picture of a struggle for survival, a yearning for a tomorrow free from the shadow of conflict.

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