India donates P25-M for Marawi rehab

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Posted at Jul 11 2017 07:34 PM

People reach to get ice cream at an evacuation center outside Marawi City. Evacuation centers remain packed with thousands of Marawi residents as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group in the city. Jorge Silva, Reuters

MANILA- India on Tuesday said it was donating P25 million ($500,000) for the rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi City.

The Indian Embassy in Manila said the donation has been coordinated by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to Foreign Affairs Chief Alan Peter Cayetano last July 6.

"Minister Swaraj had expressed solidarity with the people of the Philippines against terrorism and offered assistance to supplement the ongoing rehabilitation efforts," the Embassy said.

The European Union last week said it would donate P49 million (850,000 euros) in humanitarian aid for Marawi City as.

Philippines' new ally, China, earlier donated P20 million for relief operations in Marawi, including P5 million for families of slain soldiers.

Beijing also turned over P370 million worth of arms to Manila to fight terrorism.

Clashes between government troops and Maute terrorists broke out in Marawi City last May 23, prompting President Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

Thousands have fled the city while over 500 people have been killed in the nearly 2-month long siege, among them 379 terror suspects, 89 government troops, and 39 civilians.