Posted by: Chuck | September 12, 2013

Philippines clashes: Residents flee Zamboanga

Philippine troops have continued to exchange gunfire with Muslim rebels in an ongoing stand-off in the country’s south, as thousands of residents flee. At least nine people have been killed since the fighting began on Monday in Zamboanga city in Mindanao. A faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has moved into the city, with rebels now holed up in a number of communities. Most flights and ferry services remain suspended in the city.

The rebels are reported to be in a number of villages, along with civilians. Local reports say that some houses in rebel-held communities have been set on fire. Thousands of residents have fled to safety, with at least 13,000 people seeking shelter at the Zamboanga city sports stadium, local officials say. (Source: BBC News 9/11/13)




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