Three hundred hostages in Philippine city of Marawi

Three hundred hostages in Philippine city of Marawi

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In the Philippines, islamists in the besieged city of Marawi, about three hundred hostages in their power. That said president Rodrigo Duterte on Friday after a visit to the troops there.

In addition to the ongoing military operations there, according to him, no big bevrijdingsactie on the program. Otherwise, the islamists may begin with the execution of hostages. If necessary, we need a year of waiting,” he said.

The fighting between government forces and the islamists in the Southern Philippine city of Marawi, about eight kilometres south of Manila, last all of two months. Since then, more than six hundred people were killed. About the number of inhabitants by the islamists is taken hostage, will do a different number of the round.

Last Saturday, the Philippine parliament to extend the state of siege, which is valid for the whole of Mindanao. Duterte had the measure in may, named, which is now valid until the end of the year.

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