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New clashes between Islamic rebels and Philippine government forces

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New clashes between Islamic rebels and Philippine government forces

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Fresh violence has erupted in the southern Philippines.

Muslim rebels, fighting for independence, have battled government forces.

The clashes, in Zamboanga City, Mindanao, have killed six people and left thousands more homeless.

There have also been unconfirmed reports of hostages being taken.

The intense fighting has prompted people to flee. More than 3,000 have sought shelter at temporary evacuation centres, while hundreds of others spent the night in a sports stadium.

The clashes threaten a 1996 peace deal signed between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government. But a faction of the group believe they have been marginalised by the peace agreement.