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Tango0115 Jun 2017 11:27 a.m. PST

"Zia Alonto Adiong, a politician who is helping in local rescue efforts, told reporters Thursday that residents had seen "dead bodies, at least 100, scattered" in an area where intense clashes had taken place.

The military could not confirm the report.

Militants aligned with the "Islamic State" (IS) extremist group have laid siege to Marawi for more than three weeks. The fighting has displaced some 200,000 people and left the southern city in ruins.

Adiong said up to 1,000 people were still believed to be trapped in conflict-hit areas.

"Some residents are eating (cardboard) boxes. They just dip it in water to soften the material and eat it," he told Agence France-Presse. "It's heartbreaking. It's almost unbelievable to think that people are living this way…"
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Great War Ace Inactive Member15 Jun 2017 11:37 a.m. PST

Famine, produced by war, is the ultimate calamity. Would it not be better and less deadly to just steamroller the place? Total loss of life would be less than a protracted siege. Collateral damage is definitely worse in a protracted siege.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian15 Jun 2017 1:14 p.m. PST

Isn't that backwards? The Maute militants took the city and hostages; the Filipino army is sieging them.

Great War Ace Inactive Member15 Jun 2017 2:30 p.m. PST

I think it's a double siege, Bill: militants laid siege first, then were besieged in turn and broken up into pockets of resistance.

Tango0116 Jun 2017 11:07 a.m. PST

You are right my friend.


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