Troops vs ISIS get fiercer

A fire rages at houses following airstrikes by Philippine Air Force in Marawi, southern Philippines, Saturday, May 27, 2017. Philippine military jets fired rockets at militant positions Saturday as soldiers fought to wrest control of the southern city from gunmen linked to the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

The battle for Marawi City in the southern Philippines is getting fiercer than ever as government troops and Islamic State-allied militants fight for a 26th day on Saturday.

Wounded soldiers told China Global Television Network (CGTN) that they facing great danger and the ISIS is difficult to defeat.

“It’s hard because they’ve occupied the tallest buildings. You don’t know where they’ll hit you from behind or from the side or right in front of you. You can’t see the snipers,” said Christopher Tamparong, a soldier with the Scout Rangers, a Philippine Army Special Operations Command.

The army spokesperson in Marawi said on Saturday that they are continuing to advance and that they have retaken key structures and bridges in the city and that it is only a matter of time before Marawi is liberated.

The clash between government forces and Maute group started at May 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law at Marawi, Lanao del Norte.

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