manila - The deployment of airplanes against Israeli insurgents on the Philippines went dramatically on Wednesday. Ten ten soldiers were killed in the city of Marawi by a bombing of their own air force.
The army has been trying for more than a week to expel the rebels from the city on the island of Mindanao. The armed forces have previously used ground troops and combat helicopters against extremists. The SF-260 aircraft aircraft came into action for the first time on Wednesday.
The air attack at the center of Marawi killed ten soldiers. Seven others were injured, minister Delfin Lorenzana (Defense) said at a press conference on Thursday. 'An error has to be made by someone giving directions from the ground or the pilot,' he concluded.
The battle in Marawi began on May 23rd. Rebels of the Maute movement then conquered buildings, burned other houses and took people into hostages. The insurgents also managed to steal weapons from the authorities and liberate fellow citizens from prison.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday that the revolt on Mindanao is not the work of the Maute movement, but that terrorist movement is Islamic State responsible for the violence. According to the president, jihadists who are expelled from Iraq and Syria seek a new base.
Minister Lorenzana had previously stated that several foreign warriors were killed in the fighting. Those insurgents would have come from, among other things, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Yemen and Chechnya.