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September 20, 2013

Discord in the Philippines

Since Sept. 9, there has been a standoff between the Philippine Army and Moro National Liberarion Front rebels in the southern communities near Zamboanga city, Philippines. Hundreds of residents were taken hostage and tens of thousands evacuated from their homes during the battles. About 20 hostages remain as the fighting continues and rebels are captured. -Leanne Burden Seidel ( 35 photos total)

The Philippine Army continues to shoot at rebels despite a raging fire in a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines, Sept. 12. The violence erupted on September 9 when about 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels clashed with troops as they gathered for a protest march against the failure of the government to implement a 1996 peace agreement. The guerrillas then swooped down on five villages as they fled from the troops. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA)

A resident holds his head as fire continues to raze several homes while government troopers continue their assault against Muslim rebels on Sept. 12 in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Filipino policemen examine wounded suspected rebels after a gun fight at a checkpoint during clashes in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines Sept. 11. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

A man runs to fetch water to douse burning houses in a residential district, caused by a firefight between government soldiers and Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), in Zamboanga city, Philippines, Sept. 12. Fighting between security forces and rogue Muslim rebels seeking to declare an independent state escalated and spread to a second island, officials said. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

Filipino residents flee their burning houses on the fourth day of a standoff between government troops and Muslim rebels, in Zamboanga city, Sept. 12. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

A Filipino fireman splashes water on his head as they try to fight the blaze in residential houses on the fourth day of a standoff between government troops and Muslim rebels, in Zamboanga city, Sept. 12. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Residents living along the coast near the area of a stand-off between the Philippine military and Muslim gunmen in Zamboanga gather after evacuating the city's boulevards to their wooden boats and the coast on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sept. 11. Philippine officials said Muslim militants were using 180 residents as "human shields" on Sept. 10. (Ted Aljibeted/AFP/Getty Images) #

Filipino evacuees crowded inside a stadium turned into a temporary shelter during ongoing clashes in Zamboanga city, Sept. 11. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Filipino policemen at a checkpoint during ongoing clashes in Zamboanga city, Sept. 11. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by a standoff between government troops and Muslim rebels holed out with scores of hostages in a southern Philippine city. At least 12,907 residents have fled their homes and are seeking shelter in evacuation centers. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

A wounded government soldier is carried on a stretcher after a mortar attack by Muslim rebels at the scene of fighting between government soldiers and Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines Sept. 13. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

A Philippine soldier aims his rifle at rebels' position in Zamboanga City in southern island of Mindanao on Sept. 13 as the stand-off enter its fifth day. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Filipino rescuers carry a wounded Red Cross worker during a standoff between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga City, Sept. 13. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Residents wait for their turn to be checked after the government enforced a forced evacuation of villagers near the stand-off between government forces and Muslim rebels in Zamboanga City in southern island of Mindanao on Sept. 13, as the stand-off enter its fifth day. (Ted Aljibeted/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Filipino mother kisses her child waiting for their transportation during a forced evacuation on the fifth day of a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines, Sept. 13. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

A hostage who escaped from Muslim rebels receives medical treatment, Sept. 13 at Zamboanga city. Philippine officials negotiated with Muslim rebels who were holding more than 100 people hostage, as President Benigno Aquino III warned that his government won't hesitate to use force to end the standoff. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Filipino army soldiers move into positions behind an armored personnel carrier during a standoff between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga City, September 13. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

A government soldier shouts at his comrades to retreat after their unit tried to attack the positions of Muslim rebels from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), during a gunbattle in Zamboanga city September 13. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

Villagers queue up to board a truck after authorities ordered a forced evacuation as a standoff between the government troopers and Muslim rebels, who have taken scores of hostages and used them as human shields, continues on Sept. 13. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Residents board a truck as they are transported to a safer place after the government enforced a forced evacuation of villagers in Zamboanga City on Sept. 13. (Ted Aljibeted/AFP/Getty Images) #

A Government trooper stands next to a huge hole which was damaged during their offensive against Muslim rebels, on Sept. 15. in Zamboanga city. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

A Government trooper covers the bodies of two Muslim rebels, a female and a male, after they were killed in the standoff in Zamboanga on Sept. 15. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Filipino army soldiers assist rescued hostages aboard a military vehicle near the site of renewed clashes as it enters the standoff enters its ninth day in Zamboanga city, Sept. 17. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

A couple embraced their two year old son among the dozens of hostages rescued by state security forces from Muslim rebels following an assault on Sept. 17 in Zamboanga. (Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images) #

Filipino policemen examine a car damaged by a suspected mortar blast near the site of renewed clashes as it enters the second week of a stand off between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city on Sept. 16. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Philippine forces freed scores of civilian hostages on Sept. 17 as fighting subsided in a port city where hundreds of rogue Muslim guerrillas have been battling for more than a week. The fighting, in which nearly 100 people have been killed, has highlighted lingering grievances in the Catholic-majority country despite its growing economy and an agreement with the biggest Muslim rebel group that was meant to bring peace. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

Volunteers load food rations on a cart in a warehouse in Pasay city, metro Manila Sept. 17., which are to be transferred to a Philippine Navy ship bound for conflict-torn Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. (Romeo Ranoco/Reuters) #

A Filipino child is being bath by his father and sister inside a football stadium turned into an evacuation center, kilometers away from the site of renewed clashes as it enters the tenth day of a standoff between government troops and rebels, in the residential village in Zamboanga city, Sept. 18. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

View of tents as thousands of Filipino evacuees seek refuge inside the football stadium turned into an evacuation center, kilometers away from the site of renewed clashes on Sept. 18. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Villagers, who fled the fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels, line up for relief supplies on Sept. 18 in Zamboanga city. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Filipino indigenous Badjao evacuees seek refuge on the coast near the football stadium turned into an evacuation center kilometers away from the site of renewed clashes as it enters the tenth day of a stand off between government troops and rebels on Sept. 18. (Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA) #

Police prepare to process Muslim rebels who surrendered to government forces on the 11th day of the standoff in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines on Sept. 19. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Some of the 15 Muslim rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) who surrendered to government soldiers are seen being transported in a military vehicle to a police station in Zamboanga city on Sept. 19. Police said, the death toll in the fighting between the soldiers and the rebels has reached 104, and around 110,000 people have been displaced. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

Residents displaced during fighting between government soldiers and Muslim rebels of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) use firewood to cook a meal at an evacuation center in Zamboanga city on Sept. 18. (Erik De Castro/Reuters) #

Villagers who fled the fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels rest in their tents along a boulevard in Zamboanga city on Sept. 18. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press) #

Evacuees affected by the stand-off between Philippine government forces and Muslim rebels sit anchored in their wooden boats used also as temporary living quarters at sunset near the sea wall in Zamboanga on Sept. 14. Philippine troops were clearing out the last remaining Muslim rebels after operations in the south that killed dozens of militants. (Ted Aljibeted/AFP/Getty Images) #
 
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