Saguiaran, Philippines—Displaced children stand next to police gear on July 24. Fierce fighting between government forces and militants inspired by the Islamic State group (ISIS) has prompted hundreds of thousands to flee Marawi, the only predominantly Muslim city in the country. The authorities set up evacuation centers, but many are overcrowded and unsanitary, according to Reuters. The Philippine Congress voted to extend martial law in the country’s south in hopes of crushing the militants, leading some to fear that President Rodrigo Duterte is trying to impose permanent authoritarian rule.
Senator Bob Menendez said he was "disappointed, but not surprised, that the Trump administration has failed once again to prioritize our long-term national security interests or stand up for human rights."