1140 GMT December 15, 2017
There are up to 1,000 people still trapped in the parts of Marawi City that the terrorists control, the government said, three weeks after fighting erupted with gunmen going on a rampage and flying black flags of the Daesh terrorist group, AFP reported.
The terrorists have defied a US-backed military onslaught, which has seen relentless bombing of the residential areas of Marawi where they are holed up. Authorities say 400 gunmen are estimated to be still there and to be using civilians as slaves.
"Based on the revelations of the trapped civilians we have recovered (rescued), they are being used as orderlies to cook their food, to carry their munitions," local military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jo-ar Herrera told reporters.
At least 26 civilians, 58 police or soldiers and 202 terrorists have been killed, according to the government.
Daesh also released a video on Monday via its Amaq propaganda news outlet which it said showed terrorists shooting six people in Marawi, according to the US-based SITE monitoring service.
A voiceover suggested further executions had taken place off-camera, SITE reported.
Marawi is the Islamic capital of the Philippines.
It is largely abandoned now, with about 250,000 people having fled the city and nearby areas.
President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern Philippines, home to 20 million people, shortly after the fighting erupted to quell what he said was a Daesh bid to carve out its own territory there.