Marawi after war: First look inside the main battle area

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2017 03:12 PM | Updated as of Oct 25 2017 06:43 PM

For the first time after President Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi last October 17, media men were allowed to go inside the main battle area to take photos and videos of what was left of the once-bustling part of the city. 

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Structures left in ruins inside Marawi's main battle area after the 5-month long siege. Fernando Sepe, Jr. ABS-CBN News

Thousands of displaced residents of the lakeside city are not yet allowed to return to their ruined homes as authorities continue clearing the main battle area of explosives and booby traps. 

The 154-day Marawi occupation, the Philippines' biggest security crisis in years, has triggered concerns that with its mountains, jungles and porous borders, the island of Mindanao could become a magnet for Islamic State fighters driven out of Iraq and Syria.

More than 1,000 people, mostly terrorists, were killed in the battle and the heart of the city of 200,000 has been leveled by air strikes.