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    Thursday, July 13, 2017

    Relief efforts: India to give $500,000 for Marawi rehabilitation

    An approximation of $500,000 worth of financial aid from the Republic of India is expected to be donated to the Philippines as a form of “immediate assistance” to our terrorist-stricken country.

    The money is to be used for rehabilitation and relief efforts in Marawi City which is the center of clashes between government troops and the IS-affiliated Maute terrorists.

    The announcement had been made last Tuesday in a Facebook post published by the Indian Embassy’s Facebook account.

    Times of India, a local news source, claimed that it was the first time for India to provide financial aid  to another country stricken and affected by the perils of terrorism.

    The said aid had earlier been disclosed by Sushma Swaraj, Indian External Affairs minister, toForeign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, during their meeting last July 6.

    “Minister Swaraj had expressed solidarity with the people of the Philippines against terrorism and offered assistance to supplement the ongoing rehabilitation efforts”, said the Indian Embassy on its Facebook post.

    Meanwhile, death toll continues to rise with more than 500 casualties, mostly militants, having been killed in the ongoing Marawi conflict. In addition, nearly 400,000 residents of Marawi City had opted to flee their homes in the fear of the Maute terrorists.

    The Maute rampage started last May 23 and is now approaching its eighth week of ceaseless battle between the terrorists and government forces.


    Source: GMA News

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