Fighting between government forces and the Islamic State-inspired Maute Group in Marawi City entered its 37th day on Wednesday (28 June 2017), and there are no signs it would end soon. Military as well as civilian casualties have mounted as clashes and aerial bombardment rage on at the city’s downtown area where the militants are believed holed-up.
Except for the presence of combatants and a few hundred civilians trapped in the fighting, Marawi has become a ghost town, a far cry from its image as a haven of the rich, colorful culture of the Maranao or people of the lake.
Philippine flags adorn abandoned houses near the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol in Marawi City on 14 June 2017. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Smoke envelops a portion of Marawi City’s downtown area after a military plane dropped three bombs on 14 June 2017. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Army soldiers spend Independence Day guarding a checkpoint at the entrance to Marawi City. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
A female soldier is among the escorts of an imam (left) to a conflict zone in Marawi City on Sunday, 25 June 2017. The imam and other religious leaders dialogued with leaders of the Maute Group on how to end the crisis. The results of the dialogue have not been divulged. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Anxiety shows on the face of a soldier as his unit heads toward a conflict zone in Marawi City on 25 June 2017 to escort a rescue team for trapped civilians. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Army soldiers frisk members of a rescue team for mobile phones and other gadgets. The rescue team entered a conflict zone in Marawi City on 25 June 2017 to negotiate for the safe passage of trapped civilians. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
A soldier stands guard outside the Agus 1 hydropower plant in Marawi City on Sunday, June 25, 2017. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
It’s business as usual for people in Saguiaran, Lanao del Sur even as clashes between government forces and the Maute Group continue to rage in nearby Marawi City. Photo taken on 12 June 2017. MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
A Simba armored personnel carrier with Ramadan greetings guards the street outside the provincial capitol compound of Lanao del Sur in Marawi City on Sunday (25 June 2017). MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
A police officer joins the prayer for Eid’l Fitr or end of Ramadan outside the mosque at the Lanao del Sur provincial capitol complex in Marawi City on Sunday (25 June 2017). MindaNews photo by H. MARCOS C. MORDENO
Three of four workers in Marawi City who avoided being captured or killed by the Maute Group narrate how they escaped to safety by swimming the Agus River at dawn of 12 June 2017. MindaNews photo by FROILAN GALLARDO
Maranao women wait for their turn to be attended by volunteer doctors from the Kalinaw Mindanaw National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission at the Toril Compound evacuation center in Merila, Iligan City on Wednesday (14 June 2017). Thousands of Marawi City residents have sought refuge in Iligan, some 36 kms away, since skirmishes between government soldiers and the ISIS-inspired Maute Group erupted three weeks ago. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA
NOBODY CAME TO WEEP. Cemetery workers place the last of the 11 coffins containing the bodies of still unidentified victims in the Marawi City siege in their final resting place at the cemetery in Barangay Dalipuga, Iligan City. The interment was attended mainly by local government employees and the media. MindaNews photo by BOBBY TIMONERA