- Title: Philippines air strike on rebel positions kills 10 government troops
- Date: 1st June 2017
- Summary: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES (JUNE 1, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BLACK SMOKE RISING CONVOY OF POLICE VANS AND VEHICLES DRIVING PAST ABANDONED STREET, AUDIO OF GUNFIRE BLACK SMOKE RISING FROM BUILDINGS MILITARY HELICOPTER FLYING OVERHEAD VARIOUS OF BULLET HOLES ON WALL SOLDIERS ON STANDBY VAN DRIVING PAST PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT CRISIS COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON ZIA ALONTO ADIONG HOLDING NEWS CONFERENCE (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT CRISIS COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON ZIA ALONTO ADIONG, SAYING: "We continuously appeal to the chain of command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines to at least refrain from using airstrike, but unfortunately because of the reasons that they gave us, that the area wherein the Maute is still visible, where they operate, are actually an area in Marawi City with high-rise buildings." ADIONG SPEAKING FROM BEHIND PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (English) PROVINCIAL MANAGEMENT CRISIS COMMITTEE SPOKESPERSON ZIA ALONTO ADIONG, SAYING: "As of now, we still have an ongoing military operation and we encourage all civilians who are in evacuation centres, who are living in there with their families in cities in Iligan or Cagayan De Oro to remain there and not to come back or return yet because again the situation is still volatile." ADIONG SPEAKING IN FRONT OF TARPAULIN READING (English): "PROVINCIAL CRISIS MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE OPERATION CENTRE. PRESS BRIEFING" ADIONG SPEAKING FROM BEHIND PODIUM
- Embargoed: 15th June 2017 08:01
- Keywords: Delfin Lorenzana friendly fire Marawi militants soldiers dead Islamic state Philippines
- Location: MARAWI CITY AND MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- City: MARAWI CITY AND MANILA, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JG466D
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: An air strike during Philippine military operations to drive Islamist rebels out of a southern city has killed 10 government troops, the defence minister said on Thursday (June 1), in a major blow to efforts to defeat fighters linked to the Islamic State group.
Seven other soldiers were wounded on Wednesday (May 31) when two air force SF-260 close air support planes dropped bombs on a target in the heart of Marawi City, Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told a news conference. The first plane hit the target but the second missed.
The deaths of the soldiers takes the number of security forces killed to 38, with 19 civilians and 120 Islamic State-linked Maute fighters killed in the battles in Marawi since May 23.
In Marawi, the provincial crisis committee spokesperson Zia Alonto Adiong said he was continuously appealing to government troops to stop using air strikes for fear they are hitting civilians.
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