A group of heroic Filipino rescuers aptly dubbed “the suicide squad” continues to risk their lives day after day to rescue trapped civilians in the ISIS-held city of Marawi in the Philippines.
The small life-saving team has forged its way into enemy territory time and time again to rescue more than 500 civilians from the clutches of the Islamic State-held city.
Saripada Pacasum, a member of the suicide squad unit, told RT that “[i]t started on our first mission when it was very dangerous, when most of our members were shot at when trying to save people.”
The group travels into the kill zone with little more than a hard white helmet and medical equipment needed to evacuate casualties.
Understanding that the Islamic terrorists would give them no quarter, they have made trip after trip into the city with complete disregard for their own safety.
Marawi is a city of roughly 200,000 people, and many in that population identify as Muslim, according to some reports.
Many killed in the affected area were Christians, killed by the Islamic radicals in an effort to gain dominance in the city.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has imposed martial law in Marawi and promised there would be bloodshed.
“If there’s an open defiance, you will die,” he said in a speech last Wednesday. “And if it means many people dying, so be it.”