Myanmar military launches air and sea attacks in bid to retake port town amidst escalating conflict.

Myanmar’s military has initiated air and sea attacks in an attempt to recapture a port town on the Bay of Bengal, according to an opposition alliance. The military, facing a formidable offensive from an alliance of ethnic minority insurgent groups and pro-democracy fighters since the 2021 coup, reportedly attacked Pauktaw town in Rakhine State. The Three Brotherhood Alliance claimed the military used helicopters and naval artillery after they captured the town’s police station. Reports indicate civilian casualties, although Reuters could not independently verify the information. The ongoing conflict, named “Operation 1027,” marks one of the junta’s most significant challenges in years, with rebels capturing several towns and military posts across Myanmar. Fighting has also erupted in Shan State on the Chinese border, where insurgents aim to seize control and eliminate illegal online scam centers. The junta accused the rebel alliance of seeking China’s support and emphasized its commitment to combatting terrorism, urging government staff and military-experienced individuals to prepare for emergency service.