False news about gunfire hit ICRC supply vessel spreading on social media; it was AA terrorists’ motor schooner

Nay Pyi Taw  October  28

Some of the social media network pages were posting false news saying a food supply vessel of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) caught fire and was destroyed on Meyu River near Kanbyin Village, Yathedaung Township, Rakhine State, this afternoon as it was hit by Tatmadaw fire.
But the truth is that it was an AA terrorists’ vessel that fired heavy and small weapons at three Tatmadaw naval vessels serving administrative duties in Meyu River. When the Tatmadaw vessels arrived at the place near Mingyun about 2,000 metres south of Aungzeya Village while on their way from Aungzeya Village to Yathedaung this morning, AA terrorists on board a 40 feet long and about 17 feet wide motor schooner coming at high speed from the west bank of the river shot at them with small arms and heavy weapons. And when the security forces on board the Tatmadaw vessels fired back, the terrorists’ motor schooner caught fire and drifted down the river.

When contact was made with ICRC officers to inquire about the incident, they said that it was not theirs; that all humanitarian aid programmes were being carried out only after informing the relevant coordination committee in advance; and that security forces were providing cooperation and all necessary assistance. The news report is issued for the people to know the truth about the incident as false information saying that an ICRC food supply vessel was hit by weapon fire was spreading on the social media network.