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    Fighting escalates as Philippines forces attack Muslim...

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    Government forces in the southern Philippines have launched an offensive against Muslim rebels as fighting escalates in this part of Asia's largest Catholic country.

    In the city of Zamboanga commandos exchanged fire with a breakaway faction of the Moro National Liberation Front who are holding dozens of hostages.

    Some 13,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.