In a first, India grants Rupees 3.2 crore aid to Philippines to fight ISIS

Jul 13, 2017 12:42 IST

India grants Rupees 3.2 crore aid to Philippines to fight ISISIndia in July 2017 granted USD 500000 to the Philippines for the rehabilitation and relief efforts in war-torn Marawi City.

India announced the "immediate assistance" on 11 July 2017 on the Facebook account of its embassy in Manila.

It is the first time that India is sending financial aid to another country affected by terrorism.

As per the embassy, Sushma Swaraj offered the assistance to the Philippines during her conversation with Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano on 6 July 2017.

India’s assistance is a part of the Union Government’s Act East policy and comes at a time when the Philippines is getting ready to host India-Asean foreign ministers meeting in Manila in August 2017.

The Philippines is the only Southeast Asian nation where ISIS has established its presence.

About Marawi Crisis

The Marawi crisis is an ongoing armed conflict in Marawi that started on 23 May 2017 between Philippine government security forces and affiliated militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL a.k.a ISIS), including the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Salafi jihadist groups.

The Philippine Government claims that the clashes began when it launched an offensive in the city to capture Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the ISIL-affiliated Abu Sayyaf group, after receiving reports that Hapilon was in the city, possibly to meet with militants of the Maute group.

A deadly firefight erupted when Hapilon's forces opened fire on the combined Army and police teams and called for reinforcements from the Maute group, an armed group that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, and who are believed to be responsible for the 2016 Davao City bombing.

Maute group militants attacked Camp Ranao and occupied several buildings in the city, including Marawi City Hall, Mindanao State University, a hospital and the city jail. The group also attacked the Marawi Cathedral, taking a priest and several churchgoers hostage.

On 26 May 2017, the Armed Forces of the Philippines stated that some of the terrorists are foreigners, who have been in the country for quite some time, offering support to the Maute group in Marawi.

The militants’ main objective is to raise an ISIL flag at the Lanao del Sur Provincial Capitol and declare a wilayat or provincial ISIL territory in Lanao del Sur.

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