- Title: Residents take shelter as gunfight continues in southern Philippines
- Date: 25th May 2017
- Summary: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF COVERED GYMNASIUM TURNED INTO TEMPORARY SHELTER VARIOUS OF EVACUEES INSIDE GYMNASIUM WOMAN FEEDING CHILDREN CHILDREN INSIDE GYMNASIUM (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) EVACUEE, ARLENE NESLE, SAYING: "We want someone to help us transfer to a different location because we feel like we're going crazy here." LANAO DEL NORTE PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) MAN COOKING RICE RICE BEING COOKED EVACUEES SITTING ON BENCH FAMILY SITTING ON MAT VARIOUS EVACUEES INSIDE COVERED GYMNASIUM MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES (MAY 25, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS PACKING EQUIPMENT ONTO TRUCK SOLDIERS PREPARING AMMUNITION VARIOUS OF MILITARY HELICOPTER LANDING VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS MARCHING BESIDE ARMOURED VEHICLE SOLDIERS MARCHING DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES (MAY 24, 2017) (REUTERS) CHECKPOINT ON CITY OUTSKIRTS SOLDIER ON PATROL VEHICLE TRAFFIC VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS INSPECTING VEHICLES SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR BUS SOLDIER INSPECTING BUS INTERIOR SOLDIER STANDING ON ROADSIDE PEOPLE QUEUING FOR INSPECTION SOLDIERS INSPECTING CIVILIANS
- Embargoed: 8th June 2017 06:11
- Keywords: Mindanao Marshall Law Marawi residents fleeing gun fight exchange Philippines militants attack
- Location: MARAWI CITY/ LANAO DEL NORTE PROVINCE/DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
- City: MARAWI CITY/ LANAO DEL NORTE PROVINCE/DAVAO CITY, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016IC5YYT
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Residents took shelter at makeshift evacuation centres in the southern Philippines on Thursday (May 25), as government troops continued their assault against Islamic militants.
The Islamic State-linked Maute group occupied parts of the southern city of Marawi on Tuesday (May 23), prompting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in the entire Mindanao island. Thirteen militants and seven members of the security forces have so far been killed and 33 troops wounded in the fighting, according to the military.
In Davao city, various checkpoints were placed on the entry and exit points of the city following a stricter security enforcement in Duterte's hometown. The group targeted Davao last year, killing 14 people.
The Maute and Abu Sayyaf militant groups have pledged allegiance to Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and have proved fierce opponents for the military as Duterte seeks to crush extremists and prevent radical Islamist ideology from spreading in the Philippines.
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