Sittie Janine Gamao of the Coalition for Moro Youth Movement calls for the immediate termination of airstrikes in Marawi City during a martial law forum on June 2, 2017. Photo by Rappler

Moro youth group calls for immediate termination of airstrike in Marawi City

A youth Moro group called for the immediate termination of airstrikes, Rappler said in its report on June 2.

 “We are calling for an end to airstikes because we are seeing that even civilians are being regarded as enemies of the government, we want to remind them that they are hunting down the Maute Group only but because of the continuing airstikes, the civilians feel they're also the enemy”, said Sittie Janine Gamao of the Lanao-based Coalition of Moro Youth Movement.

Gamao and fellow Maranaos, some of them displaced by the Marawi crisis, were in the capital to join several dialogues, including the martial law forum on Friday, June 2, led by civic groups, lawyers groups and representatives from the Commission on Human Rights, the Rappler report also said.

Norkaya Mohammad, an educator at the Mindanao State University (MSU) in Marawi said that her sibling's home is in the first village hit by the airstrike.

In past days, the AFP repeatedly assured civilians safety from their aistrikes but the recent error was used as an example by former human rights chair Etta Rosales during the forum to bolster calls to end the airstrikes.

“The fact that the military made a mistake is enough reason to stop the airstrikes”, Rosales said.

As of the latest update, there are 2,000 civilians that remain trapped in Marawi City, most of them in areas controlled by terror group Maute.

During the 4-hour humanitarian ceasefire, the GPH-MILF Peace Corridor had rescued more than a hundred civilians trapped in the war zone.