Returning to Marawi: Thousands see war-torn city for the first time

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 03 2018 11:13 PM

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Video by Val Cuenca, ABS-CBN News

For the first time since the war in Marawi City ended 5 months ago, thousands of residents returned to the once bustling city only to see it in ruins.

Residents were allowed to return to Barangay Lilod Madaya, one of the villages cleared of bombs.

Other villages, however, remain closed to the public as authorities have yet to sweep them for explosives.

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

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