Malaysia’s first assistance to Marawi, Philippines was delivered on July 21 via the Royal Malaysian Air Force’s (RMAF) Airbus A400M aircraft. The country provided another phase of support to the Philippines Armed Forces in efforts to jointly combat Islamic State militants.
Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told Malaysia had earlier airlifted humanitarian aid, comprising food and medical supplies, on an air force A400m aircraft.
He said the second phase of assistance would include a medical team from the Malaysian troops, equipment to sanitize water and a military, religious corps (Kagat) team.
Hishammuddin said that their armed forces will be prepared to assist, as those affected by the battle may also be experiencing psychological and emotional impacts of the attacks by militants.
Hundreds of militants operating under the Islamic State (IS) flag, backed by foreign fighters, captured parts of Marawi two months ago.
Hishammuddin also announced his visit to Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia to promote sharing of information, particularly on handling the IS threat. – Bernama, July 23, 2017.