One year after: Marawi Siege by the numbers

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED May 22, 2018 10:03 am
AP/Bullit Marquez

(Inside Manila) Looking back at the carnage that claimed more than 1,000 lives and forced hundreds of thousands to flee, Marawi Siege was indeed the biggest security crisis to hit the country in 2017.


It seems that the crisis is not just a response to the attempt by the military to arrest militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, as earlier claimed, but is a product of a well-organized preparation. The theory that the siege is an attempt by militants to seize a territory in Mindanao and build a caliphate has been given weight.


On May 23, 2017, the clash that put Marawi into ruins started, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to place the entire Mindanao under Martial Law. The war dragged on for months until the government troops killed the terrorists' leaders in October, long enough to dig the once vibrant Islamic city to the ground.


It has been a year since the vicious urban warfare broke out, but the wrecks that it inflicted to the city and to the Maranaos will forever be remembered. As we mark with grief the first anniversary of Marawi Siege, here are the numbers that immortalized its bloodshed.


974 militants killed



Photo: EPA


 


Combat operations against the Maute were terminated on October 23, exactly five months after the terrorists attacked Marawi. The fighting left 974 militants killed, 13 of them were foreigners. The identities of the foreign militants remain unknown, although previous military statements claimed some of them were from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Among the killed militants are their leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute.


168 government forces killed


Seven of the fatalities were cops and the rest were soldiers. Twelve of them were killed by friendly fire.


87 civilians dead


The war has killed 47 civilians, while 40 displaced residents have died in evacuation centers due to illnesses. According to a Department of Health report on 16 June, at least 40 evacuees, who were staying outside evacuation centers, died of dehydration, while 19 others lost their lives as a result of diseases contracted due to living in congested evacuation camps.



Black smoke rises from a burning building in Marawi City.
Photo: Romeo Ranoco, Reuters


1,400+ government forces wounded


12 militants captured (1 foreigner)



Photo: PNA


Over P17 billion in property damage


Task Force Bangon Marawi Chief Eduardo del Rosario said about P11 billion worth of properties in the city were damaged while P6.6 billion worth of economic opportunities were lost because of the siege.


The official also said an initial post-conflict needs assessment showed that at least P49.8 billion is needed to rehabilitate affected parts of Marawi.

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