The death toll in the Philippines has reached over 2,300, the highest level since the end of the conflict with the Maute group, the country’s military said on Thursday.
More than 2,000 people were killed in the battle for Marawi City and the surrounding areas on July 26, according to the military, which has since reclaimed the city and is currently battling to contain the Mautes.
The Philippine government said on Wednesday that more than 3,300 civilians have been killed in fighting in Marawi since it erupted in June.
The government says it is seeking more than $1 billion in aid for displaced people and the affected area.
The Philippines has been at war since 2012 over the southern city of Marawi, where Muslim militants killed thousands of people, and the rest of Mindanao.
The Mautes, meanwhile, are believed to have seized control of several villages in the area, killing and looting residents.
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Thousands of children, many from troubled families, are living in makeshift camps, where they are struggling to survive, according the government.
The country has been on the frontlines of the war against the Mauses for nearly a year and a half, with government forces battling the rebels in Marau, Lanao del Norte and Lanao City, as well as in Mindanaopoli.
On Wednesday, the Philippines announced that its air force had carried out a military operation to destroy a Maute outpost in Lanao city.
The United States also carried out an airstrike in the province on Thursday, according its Department of Defense.
The Philippines has not yet made any comment on the death toll.