BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:50 P.M.) – Security check points were in place along the road to Marawi City, Sunday following the area’s evacuation last week as fighting between soldiers and members of the Islamist Maute group continued.
Evacuees from Marawi gathered in the provincial capitol complex in Lanao Del Sur to consult lists of names recovered and those still missing in the conflict zone.
Over 180 people have already died after the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL), stormed the city on May 23. Most of the 200,000 population have fled though over 2,000 remain trapped in Marawi.
President Rodrigo Duterte has declared martial law in the area for a period of 60 days.