The Philippine military said 13 marines had been killed in fierce fighting with Muslim militants who have laid siege to southern Marawi city.
It's the biggest single-day loss for government troops since they began fighting militants allied with the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for "ISIS" / "ISIL"] group who seized Marawi on May 13 and are still occupying parts of the city.
Military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said the marines were killed in daylong close-quarter combat on Friday. Forty other marines were wounded.
The government earlier said that the unrest had left 20 civilians, 134 militants and 39 army troops dead.
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