Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

40,000 Flee IS in the Philippines

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

40,000 Flee IS in the Philippines

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MORE than 40,000 people have fled Marawi City, 800km south of Manila in the southern Philippines, to escape fighting between Islamic State supporters and government forces.

As a result more than 30,000 people are staying in evacuation centres and 12,000 with relatives outside the city, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported on Sunday.

They have fled because of the military's heavy bombing of residential areas where the terrorists are believed to be hiding.

The military launched more air strikes on Sunday aiming to drive out terrorists after days of fighting left dozens of corpses in the streets and hundreds of civilians begging to be rescued. Troops have tightened security in nearby areas amid fears the gunmen are attempting to create terror in nearby towns.

The army ordered a lockdown in the nearby city of Iligan where most of the evacuees were headed, Colonel Alex Aduca said.

"They (militants) are trying to withdraw and those who can leave might attempt to enter Iligan by disguising themselves as evacuees," he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. …

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