New Delhi, July 13: Concerning over the Philippines seven week long battle with ISIS, India raised a supportive hand to save Filipinos. India has rushed the financial assistance of Rs 3.2 Crores ($500,000 or 25 million pesos) to the Philippines for fighting back against the terror groups in the city of Marawi, which is situated 800km south of Manila in the troubled Mindanao province.
It is the first time that India is sending aid to another country which is intended for relief and rehabilitation and for saving itself from the deadly terror group.
Embassy of India in Manila released a press release on Tuesday stated that the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has expressed "sympathies and condolences for the tragic loss of life in Marawi City”. The statement came while Sushma Swaraj had a conversation with Philippines' Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on July 6.
The battle between Philippines forces and IS-affiliated groups seems to be similar to India’s 26/11. Going on for the past seven weeks, the battle claimed the reports of at least 90 soldiers, 380 terrorists and dozens of civilians. This was claimed in the reports provided by the local police chief, which also says that Hundreds are still held hostage to the terrorists’ battle advancing forces and the battle is still underway.
India gave such supportive hand to the Philippines become the largest donor for the crisis, while China which is Philippines new best friend came up with 15 million pesos in aid.
As Filipino forces attempt to clear the besieged city, they are reportedly encountering snipers, booby traps, all indicating that the terrorists have been around for a while.
The Mindanao province is put under martial law for 60 days by Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and in on record, he would complete the operation in another 15 days. The terrorists belong to Maute group, which is armed to the teeth and flush with foreign fighters from Malaysia and Indonesia.