Marawi: Dozens of civilians feared dead in Philippine city

DW – June 15, 2017

Residents fleeing Marawi have reported seeing scores of dead bodies after clashes between the military and Islamist fighters, a Philippine politician says. Many civilians remain trapped inside the besieged city.

Zia Alonto Adiong, a politician who is helping in local rescue efforts, told reporters Thursday that residents had seen “dead bodies, at least 100, scattered” in an area where intense clashes had taken place.

The military could not confirm the report.

Militants aligned with the “Islamic State” (IS) extremist group have laid siege to Marawi for more than three weeks. The fighting has displaced some 200,000 people and left the southern city in ruins.

Adiong said up to 1,000 people were still believed to be trapped in conflict-hit areas.