The Philippine Army continued its advance against ISIS in Marawi city and liberated the Safrullah Hospital in the city center.
According to Philippine sources, ISIS fighters had used the hospital as their main HQ in Marawi. The sources added that the liberation of the building took two weeks, during which two Philippine soldiers were killed and many others injured as a result of IEDs planted by ISIS members inside the hospital.
The Philippine Army announced that FA-50PH wareplanes are participating again in the battle of Marawi. The fighters of this type were grounded last month after an airstrike that hit a position of the Philippine Army. A source from the Philippine Air Force explained that the investigation proved that there was no problem with the fighter, pilot or weapon used.
The source said that the Philippine Air Force improved the tactics used to hit ISIS targets, and improved its coordination to avoid similar incidents.
From its side, ISIS claimed that two Philippine soldiers were killed in clashes in Bangarngan district and 6 other Philippine soldiers were killed after being targeted by IEDs in Marinot district.
ISIS fighters currently control only 1 km2 in the center of Marawi. That the Philippine Army will likely be able to liberate the city this month.