BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:30 A.M.) – The Philippine armed forces continued to battle Maute militants in Marawi on Friday. Government troops are hoping to free the besieged city by June 12, on Philipines Independence Day.
The armed forces announced that they have been gaining ground in several areas of the city, and that militants only have a hold on around 10 per cent of the city.
They estimate that as many as 600 civilians are still trapped in the urban heart of the town, while up to 200 Maute fighters could still be on the loose.
Military planes dropped bombs while troops opened fire on the militants in a bid to clear the city of fighters. So far 120 militants have died in battle, along with 38 government troops.
The number of civilians that have died has not yet been confirmed.