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Philippines launches offensive in Marawi, aims to end battle by weekend
MARAWI CITY -- Philippine aircraft bombed rebel positions and ground troops launched a renewed push against Islamist militants holed up in a southern city on Tuesday, and a military spokesman said the aim was to wrap up the fighting before the weekend Eid festival.

 

The offensive came amid worry that rebel reinforcements could arrive after Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

 

 

"We are aiming to clear Marawi by the end of Ramadan," said military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla, as army and police commanders met in nearby Cagayan de Oro city to reassess strategy and operations against the militants, who claim allegiance to Islamic State.

 

"We cannot definitely say when we could end this because we are fighting door to door and there are booby traps which pose danger to our troops."

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 06.20.17, 07:42