Clashes displace thousands in southern Philippines
Battles between a
terrorist rebel group and the Philippine army have forced nearly 2,200 people to flee their homes on the island of Mindanao, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the Philippines.
The clashes began on August 5 between the army and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Movement (BIFM), a breakaway faction of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
More than 450 families have taken refuge in four evacuation centers in Ampatuan municipality in Mindanao, said the ICRC in a statement.
Christoph Polajner, head of ICRC's office in Cotabato City, said in a statement. "Although these families were in evacuation centres, they still faced difficulties to cover themselves from the rainy weather. When they fled, these families left behind most of their possessions and are still unable to return home, fearful of the insecurity."
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