- The military conducts airstrikes anew against Maute Group’s positions in Marawi City
- PAF helicopters also fired rockets at the one square kilometer battle zone
- Artillery fires were also used to help ground troops in their advance to clear more areas in the war-torn city
The positions of the remaining terrorists in the main battle zone in Marawi City were pounded anew by bombs dropped by P3 Orion guided bomber planes on Friday, August 18 – 88 days since the Marawi siege started on May 23.
As mentioned in an Inquirer story dated August 20, 2017, helicopters from the Philippine Air Force also fired rockets at the one square kilometer battle area. Between 70 and 80 terrorists are believed to be hiding inside the grand mosque in the area, where they are also keeping about 40 hostages, mostly women.
Artillery fires were also used against the enemy.
The use of airstrikes and howitzers against the terrorists were necessary, according to Capt. Joan Petinglay, spokesperson of Joint Task Force Marawi, as these are helping ground troops in their advance to clear more areas.
Petinglay said strategic structures formerly occupied by the Maute Group have been retaken by the military.