Muslims in Philippines celebrate Eid al-Fitr
Muslims in the southern Philippines celebrated Eid al-Fitr on today as fighting between government troops and Islamist militants in Marawi City continued for the 35th day.
Filipino Muslims bought clothes and food to prepare for Eid celebrations on today, although some shopkeepers like Fatima Fahad said business was subdued this years due to the Marawi siege.
The military said it has cornered the militants’ last 100 fighters and is aiming to completely recapture Marawi by the end of Ramadan, fearing rebel reinforcements may arrive after Eid.
The conflict has seen at least 370 deaths, a quarter of which security forces and civilians, since militants allied to Islamic State occupied parts of Marawi City on May 23.