Fighting continued in the city of Marawi in the southern Philippines, where the forces of the regular army to confront militants associating themselves with the «Islamic state».
According to France Presse, during the fighting killed at least 85 people. And in recent days, the Islamists have killed 19 civilians, including three women and a child. Body killed have been found by the military near the building of the local University.
The military used helicopters in Marawi, missile strikes on militant positions. Are there civilian casualties as a result of these attacks, is unknown.
On 24 may, the President of the Philippines Rodrigo ROA Duterte introduced on the island of Mindanao where Marawi city, the military situation in connection with active actions of the Islamists in the southern part of the Philippine archipelago. Duterte interrupted his visit to Moscow and made a statement on the introduction of Maguindanao martial law after the city of Marawi, there was fighting between government troops and militants associated with the Islamic state. Media reported that the militants seized a hospital in the city and blocked the checkpoints at the entrances to Marawi. Later it became known that the Islamists took hostage of the priest and parishioners of the local Church.