ter three and a half months of relentless fighting in the Southern Philippines, this is all that's left of Marawi city. A ghost town in ruins with homes and businesses torn apart as the battle to take back the city from Islamic rebels rages on. Reuters' Tom Allard reports from Mapandi District, an area that's being recaptured by the military.
>> And there's still 50 militants hold up inside the city providing stone resistence. They've been laying eye improvised explosive devices and sniper fire as well as warded the government troops. In fact one commander was telling me that, because this is a lawless part of the Philippines, many people have weapons in their homes that the militants have been able to triple their weaponry and ammunition by simply raiding these homes.
>> More than 800 people, mostly insurgence, have been killed since the militants occupied large parts of Marawi in May. The built up terrain making it tough to recapture the city for troops, most of whom have been trained to fight in the jungle.>> Urban warfare is very new to the Philippines forces.
Everyone admits that they've had to learn and adapt as they've gone and while some politicians and generals are saying it'll be two weeks, and this battle will be finished. People on the ground here won't be making any predictions.>> Philippine forces are now using loudspeakers urging the handful of remaining militants to give themselves up in exchange for their lives being spared.