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.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
Investigators are making progress in the case of a Chihuahua thrown in a ditch while zipped up in a Coors Light thermal bag.
A registered nurse from Lockport has admitted concealing her knowledge of her boyfriend's drug dealing activities.
Intense Lake Snow Weakens Tonight; Strengthens & Shifts N Thur PM