Clashes between government troops and rebels have intensified in Rakhine [File: Hein Htet/EPA]

At least 19 children were wounded in Myanmar‘s Rakhine state when a primary school was hit by the shelling that the army and rebels have refused to take responsibility for.

Clashes between government troops and Buddhist rebels, who have been fighting for greater autonomy for the impoverished region, have intensified since December 2018 displacing tens of thousands of people.

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The armed rebellion by the Arakan Army has brought new chaos to the region from where more than 730,000 majority-Muslim Rohingya fled a brutal military crackdown in 2017.

Artillery fire hit the school in Khamwe Chaung village in Buthidaung township on Thursday morning, Tun Aung Thein, a local member of parliament, told Reuters News Agency

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