#Manila: Terrified Christians are escaping ISIS militants in the Filipino town of Marawi by wearing hijabs borrowed from Muslims. There are around 1,500 people trapped in the besieged Filipino city, which is about 60 miles south of Cagayan de Oro, Almost 100 people have escaped on foot, while others have swum across the river. Medics tending those who have made their way out alive recounted the resourcefulness of those who fled.
#Manila: 13 Philippine marines were killed in fierce fighting with militants linked to the ISIS who have laid siege to a southern city for nearly three weeks in the biggest single-day loss for government forces, the military said Saturday.
United States special forces have joined the battle to crush the militants holed up in Marawi City, the Philippines military said the US was providing technical assistance to end the siege but it had no boots on the ground.
Philippine security forces dropped more bombs on Saturday on a southern city where they have been battling militants for five days, vowing no let up despite the start of Ramadan.
meanwhile, about 30 civilian workers asked for an immediate rescue as they were surrounded Saturday by the Maute militants in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.
The civilians called their families, asking for government forces to rescue them from the Maute militants.