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IN PHOTOS: Marawi a month after

Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 23 2017 08:31 PM

It is far from over.

A month into the crisis brought by the ISIS-inspired Maute group to Marawi City, government forces and the rebels continue to play cat and mouse in the bowels of the once-proud Islamic City.

The forces led by Omar Maute and the self-proclaimed "emir" of the Islamist militants in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, have proven to be tough to crack. The rebels are still holding civilian hostages, and Armed Forces of the Philippines personnel are unfamiliar with the terrain and urban warfare. 

Despite the limitations imposed on journalists in Marawi, the media have been playing an important role in informing the public and the residents of Marawi staying in evacuation centers or in households in neighboring areas of the city.

Even if the Maute forces and other rebels are neutralized by next month, the destruction left behind by the war will continue to be a bane for the Duterte administration, and will beset many residents of Marawi for a long time.

A soldier passes by ISIS-inspired graffiti on the walls near the Marawi City Hall. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Smoke rises from one of the buildings in the center of Marawi City where fighting is heaviest between government forces and the Maute Group and other rebels. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A sign in front of one of the houses abandoned by residents of Marawi City. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

The inside of a house in Marawi City a month later after it was abandoned by its residents. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A resident watches the fighting from the rooftop of one of the houses that has not been abandoned by its residents. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

The gate to Marawi City Hall is shut and guarded by soldiers every time a vehicle goes in and out. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Soldiers patrol the grounds of Marawi City Hall. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Soldiers rest from the fighting at the closed tourism office of Marawi City. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A jeep load of soldiers along an abandoned street in Marawi City. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A soldier stands ready even on an abandoned street near the center of Marawi City. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Soldiers watch an air strike from one of the barangays already controlled by government forces. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Smoke rises from the center of Marawi City after a bombing run by government planes. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Streets are littered with garbage and abandoned animals as fighting continues in the background. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Residents watch from a distance as government planes pound positions of the Maute Group and other rebels in the center of Marawi City. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Debris fly in the air as a bomb dropped by one of the government planes strikes a target. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Around 200,000 of Marawi's residents are scattered in evacuation centers in Lanao del Sur and neighboring provinces, like this one in Saguiaran town. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

A covered court at the municipal hall compound of Saguiaran is a temporary shelter for 400 families. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Despite the cramped conditions, evacuees are just relieved that they are away from the conflict and danger in Marawi. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Norayda Karem, 35, is rushed to a clinic after being bumped in the head following a scuffle for relief goods in the evacuation center. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News

Evacuees wait for medical attention outside a clinic in the evacuation center in Saguiaran town, where health conditions are slowly deteriorating as the war in Marawi City drags on. Fernando G. Sepe Jr., ABS-CBN News