Marawi battle zone down to 20 hectares

Carmela Fonbuena
Marawi battle zone down to 20 hectares
It is about the size of the campus of University of Santo Tomas in Manila, except the battle zone is a commercial area packed with high-rise buildings

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The battle zone in Marawi City has been narrowed down to just 20 hectares, said Joint Task Force Marawi spokesman Captain Jo-ann Petinglay in a press briefing on Friday, September 8.

“Our soldiers are still trying to clear a portion of about 20-21 hectares land area in the main battle area,” she said.

It is about the size of the campus of University of Santo Tomas in Manila, except the battle zone is a commercial area packed with high-rise buildings. (READ: Marawi battle zone: Urban warfare challenges PH military

As of Day 109 of the war, a total of 843 people have been killed – 145 soldiers, 45 civilians, and 653 terrorists – based on military updates. 

The military recorded no additional fatalities since Monday, but 30 soldiers were injured mainly from explosions of improvised explosive devices. (READ: Snipers and IEDs: Deadly combination in Marawi war zone)

Last week, Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief Lieutenant General Carlito Galvez said they are “transitioning to the final push,” signalling a shift to end the war that has dragged on for over 3 months. 

He said the war could be over “before October.” 

In Manila, Armed Forces spokesman Brigadier General Restituto Padilla said the military believes 5 of the 6 Maute brothers leading the extremists linked with the Islamic State (ISIS) have been killed. – Rappler.com