deadly clashes between troops and Islamic militants continue in the Southern Philippines on Friday, hundreds are fleeing the City of Marawi. The Southern Island of Mindanao is under martial law as the fighting rages, the death toll arising to around 50. Fleeing residents have little choice but to gather and make shift shelters, workers say relief efforts are beginning to show signs of strain.
>> We're short on supplies and there's limited space for evacuees. Children are getting sick and need medicine. Most people here want to leave Marawi, but there's no vehicle available to take them out.>> Special Forces have been trying to take out members of the Maotai militant group holed up in elevated positions.
And helicopter gunfire has been trying to force rebels from a bridge vital to retaking the city. Militants have been torching buildings and taking hostages. Some reports even saying Christians have been used as human shields. Philippine officials say fighters from Indonesia Indonesia and Malaysia are among those battling the army and the words of one official on Friday, Maotai was once just a local terrorist group.
But since they subscribed to the ideology of Islamic State, they are on the mission to make Mindanao part of the Caliphate.