- Title: Fighting in besieged southern Philippine city leaves trail of destruction
- Date: 22nd June 2017
- Summary: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES (JUNE 22, 2017) (REUTERS) PHILIPPINE FLAG FLYING IN FRONT OF SMOKE FROM BURNING BUILDINGS MILITARY HELICOPTER FLYING SMOKE FROM BURNING BUILDINGS MILITARY HELICOPTER FLYING BUILDINGS, AUDIO OF GUNSHOTS SMOKE FROM BURNING BUILDINGS PHILIPPINE MILITARY FIRST INFANTRY BATTALION COMMANDING OFFICER, CHRISTOPHER TAMUS SPEAKING TO JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) PHILIPPINE MILITARY FIRST INFANTRY BATTALION COMMANDING OFFICER, CHRISTOPHER TAMUS, SAYING: "That is the number one consideration we have for operation right now - saving the civilians, saving the hostages. That's why we are very careful for this aerial bombing and our artillery fires. We really make sure we check two times, three times, that we will not be hitting (civilians) - unless we have a clear visual of the enemies, of the local terrorists, then that's the time we use the field artilleries and the aerial bombings." VARIOUS OF DAMAGED BUILDINGS IN TOWN PROPER, AS SEEN FROM MOVING VEHICLE SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR CLOSED ESTABLISHMENTS, AS SEEN FROM MOVING VEHICLE VEHICLE ENTERING CHECKPOINT, AS SEEN FROM MOVING VEHICLE EXTERIOR OF MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY CIVILIANS SITTING ON CAMPUS GROUNDS NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (English) MINDANAO STATE UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT, HABIB MACAAYONG, SAYING: "Very different because our system is in accordance with the Philippine law, and in accordance with the writings of Islam, and they have their mission, which is different from ours, so there's no connection. The students are not into these teachings, even listening to these people." PEOPLE LISTENING, WRITING NOTES GRAFFITI ON WALL READING (English): "NO ENTRY, WARZONE" AND "ISIS" SCATTERED BELONGINGS INSIDE HOUSE VARIOUS OF SMOKE FROM BURNING BUILDINGS, AS SEEN FROM WINDOW ON UPPER STOREY OF HOUSE SOLDIER WALKING NEAR SIGN READING (English/Filipino): "MORE ISIS" SIGN READING (English/Filipino): "MORE ISIS"/ SOLDIER WALKING THROUGH DAMAGED ALLEYWAY
- Embargoed: 6th July 2017 09:47
- Keywords: Marawi Islamic militants Maute group soldiers checkpoint
- Location: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES
- City: MARAWI CITY, PHILIPPINES
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016MD05DX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Government forces continued their assault against Islamic militants in a besieged southern Philippine city on Thursday (June 22), leaving a trail of destruction as the fighting continued into its fifth week.
According to official estimates late on Wednesday (June 21), 369 people have been killed, three-quarters of them militants, since Islamic State-linked Maute group took over parts of Marawi City on May 23, causing thousands of people to flee for safety. Officials say more than 1,000 people are still trapped inside their homes, and others have been used by the rebels as human shields.
Philippine Military First Infantry Battalion Commander Christopher Tamus said they had been successful in isolating the rebels' movements and that their priorities were to rescue the hostages and trapped civilians caught in the crossfire.
The military has said it hopes to end the siege by the weekend of the Eid festival (June 24-25), but did not specifically set a deadline.
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