Via The War Files – The Philippine Air Force carried out airstrikes in the city of Marawi today, in a bid to clear out Maute terrorists. New reports show that almost 50 Maute terrorists have been killed, with 11-12 soldiers KIA since Tuesday. Reportedly 90% of of Marawi’s civilians have fled the fighting, but many are trapped or refuse to leave their homes. In turn, this slows the government effort to end the siege. “As much as we would like to avoid collateral damage, these rebels are forcing the hand of government by hiding and holding out inside private homes, government buildings and other facilities,” the military said in a statement. “Their refusal to surrender is holding the city captive. Hence, it is now increasingly becoming necessary to use more surgical airstrikes to clear the city and to bring this rebellion to a quick end.” There’s been no official report on the number of civilian casualties, but it’s likely that dozens of civilians have been killed/injured between the fighting and airstrikes.