MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The U.N. says more than 100,000 Filipinos who have been displaced by two weeks of fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels in a southern city are facing a humanitarian crisis.
The U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho, said Wednesday that the standoff involving rebels who seized hostages as they attempted to occupy Zamboanga city has left about 132 people dead, 158,000 affected and over 10,000 homes destroyed. About 109,000 are displaced in Zamboanga and almost 19,000 in neighboring Basilan province.
The Philippine military says the operation to flush out the remaining rebels and free the last hostages is nearing an end.
According to authorities, 110 rebels and 18 security forces have been killed since Sept. 9. Most of the about 200 hostages have been freed.
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