Dozens flee 'ISIL gunmen' in besieged Philippine city

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Dozens of civilians caught in the middle of a deadly battle for a southern Philippine city ran to safety on Saturday, fleeing military air raids and fighters - but as many as 2,000 people still remain trapped in desperate conditions.

The group of 38 said they ran from their hiding place in a part of Marawi City that is controlled by fighters linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), as soldiers seized a key bridge in the area to give the civilians safe passage.

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