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Philippine president wants a prolonged state of siege Mindanao

Philippine president wants a prolonged state of siege Mindanao

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The Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte wants the state of siege on the island of Mindanao to extend until the end of this year. He has a request to the Philippine congress for approval.

Government forces fighting for some time against the islamic rebels who Islamic State (IS) as inspiration.

Duterte called on may 23, the state of siege for the island with 22 million inhabitants. That happened after the insurgents a part of the city of Marawi had taken. The scheme, which the krijgsrecht of power, runs round the end of the week.

Meanwhile, more than five hundred people have died in the fighting.

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