Friday, June 23, 2017

Philippines: Marawi crisis

(Marawi) On the 23rd of May, a failed attempt by the Philippines army to capture Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of the ISIS-affiliated Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, saw said group attack and take control of the city of Marawi with at least 500 armed terrorists.

Within days, the vast majority of the city’s population of around 200,000 had been evacuated, leaving the scene clear for a showdown between the military and Islamic terrorism. Within a week, the government forces supported by the US had retaken 80% of the city.

However, these Islamic jihadists have held onto that final 20% of the city for the past 3 weeks. So far, the total death toll up to the 22nd June comes in at 499. Take off the 38 people killed in the run up to the beginning of Ramadan, and that gives us a figure of 461.

Ramadan death toll stands at 4,961.