- Title: Soldiers rescue trapped residents from crossfire in the southern Philippines
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS CARRYING CHILDREN TO CAPITOL COMPLEX RESIDENTS INSIDE HOLDING ROOM SOLDIERS ASSISTING RESIDENTS WITH BELONGINGS VARIOUS OF RESCUED RESIDENTS SITTING BOY SITTING AND EATING MAN CHEWING FOOD VARIOUS OF EMERGENCY WORKERS DOCUMENTING RESIDENTS PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT CRISIS COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON ZIA ALONTO ADIONG SPEAKING TO JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (Filipino/English) PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT CRISIS COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON, ZIA ALONTO ADIONG, SAYING: "All in all there were about 26 people rescued, plus eight people from before. We are expecting to rescue more people tomorrow morning, probably still about 2,000 plus trapped behind enemy lines, so we're expecting to have them once we get access and clearance from the military that it's safe to proceed with the humanitarian response teams in these areas." BUILDINGS / GUNFIRE CAN BE HEARD IN BACKGROUND MILITARY HELICOPTER FLYING VARIOUS OF SMOKE COMING FROM BUILDINGS MILITARY HELICOPTER FLYING SMOKE COMING FROM BUILDINGS DAMAGED STREET VARIOUS OF DAMAGED HOUSES BULLET HOLES IN CONCRETE WALL AND WINDOWS BROKEN WINDOWS MARAWI CITY EMBLEM MARAWI CITY MONUMENT/POLICE VEHICLE MOVING POLICE VEHICLE PARKED NEAR CLOSED ESTABLISHMENTS WOMAN INSIDE CAR WAVING WHITE FLAG CAR MOVING ON ROAD DAMAGED BUILDINGS VARIOUS OF SOLDIERS ON STANDBY BROKEN WINDOWS
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 09:27
- Keywords: Philippines militants security tightens police checkup evacuees Marshall Law Islamic State militants
- Location: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES
- City: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016J64MDH
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Government forces rescued over two dozen residents trapped in the crossfire with Islamic militants in a southern Philippine city on Wednesday (May 31).
Provincial Management Crisis Committee spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong told journalists about 34 residents were rescued by soldiers after securing more ground from the rebels. He estimated over 2,000 people were still trapped inside the city.
The siege of Marawi and ongoing violent battle there against the Islamic State-linked Maute group has left 129 people- 89 militants, 21 soldiers and 19 civilians- dead since the fighting began a week ago on Tuesday (May 23), and has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law on the whole island of Mindanao.
The military on Wednesday (May 31) has deployed for the first time SF-260 close air support planes to back attack helicopters and ground troops looking to box rebels into a downtown area. The rebels hold about a tenth of the city, the army said.
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