Posted by: Chuck | September 16, 2013

New Philippines fighting derails ceasefire; top leaders meet in affected city


ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Reuters) – Fighting intensified on Saturday in the southern Philippines between government troops and rogue Muslim separatists, shattering a ceasefire almost immediately as it was to go into effect and leaving many residents running low on supplies. The army said 53 people, including 43 guerrillas, had been killed in the fighting, now in its sixth day in the port city of Zamboanga. Both President Benigno Aquino and his vice-president flew into the city to monitor operations. Dozens have been wounded and more than 62,000 people displaced, with hundreds of homes razed and a hospital still in flames. Rebels have fired on government positions and seized civilians to use as human shields. The violence on Mindanao, the Philippines’ most southern island and theatre of four decades of violence, underscores the security challenge potential investors face in the mainly Roman Catholic country despite strong second quarter figures. (Source: Reuters News 9/15/13)

Read: http://ca.news.yahoo.com/troops-rebels-ignore-ceasefire-calls-philippine-south-080732016.html

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