Infant, civilians rescued during pause in Marawi fighting

Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2017 12:08 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2017 01:43 PM

The rescued residents are processed for clearance, debriefing and medical checkup before they are routed to evacuation centers. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

MARAWI CITY - An infant and four other civilians were rescued from the war zone here during an 8-hour ceasefire on Sunday to observe the end of the Muslim holy month.

"It's too dangerous, the military stopped shooting already, but the other side is shooting our emissaries," said assistant secretary for the Peace Process Dickson Hermoso.

Others, like the husband of Kamalia Khalib Baunto, failed to escape, leaving her in tears.

"Nandoon siya. Alam ko andoon siya ngayon. Hindi sya makalabas kasi babarilin siya," she said while weeping.

(He's there. I know he's there. He couldn't get out because he will be shot.)

Rescuers on Sunday also found the remains of a 72-year-old man. Authorities suspect the man has been dead for a week, most probably due to hunger.

People who were able to recognize the body said the man suffered a stroke before the clashes began and was alone in his house.

Fighting has raged between in Marawi for a month, leaving 375 people killed. The violence has prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire Mindanao under martial law.