From the Philippine Daily Inquirer (May 25): Fighting resumes between gov’t troops, armed groups in Marawi (10:29 AM)
Evacuees from the fighting between Army soldiers on one hand, and the Abu Sayyaf and Maute Groups on the other, in Marawi City, arrive in Iligan City, on May 24, 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte warned that martial law would be “harsh” and like a dictatorship, after imposing military rule in the south to combat Islamist militants. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)
Fighting between armed men and government forces resumed on Thursday morning in Marawi City.
Maki Panandigan, a resident of Marawi City, called the Philippine Daily Inquirer at 9:45 a.m. Thursday to say that fighting has resumed in the city.
“It has started,” Panandigan said.
“I can see smoke,” he added, apparently referring to a fire in the area.
The fighting resumed a day after the mass evacuation of residents to nearby Lanao del Sur towns and Iligan City, following a spate of clashes when groups linked to the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute Group attacked Marawi City starting Tuesday afternoon.
This prompted President Duterte to declare martial law in all of Mindanao two nights ago.