Sept. 17 - Dozens of civilian hostages freed in the Philippines as guerrillas flee Zamboanga city. Paul Chapman reports.
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Civilian hostages caught in the fighting between rogue Muslim rebels and Philippine forces are finally reunited with their families.
They were freed on Tuesday as the army moved into Zamboanga City in the south.
Some say they're too frightened to return to their homes.
(SOUNDBITE) (Filipino) HOSTAGE LOLITA DIMAPELES SAYING:
"We will rent a room somewhere because we do not want to return since we have been traumatized. We want to forget everything that has happened to us."
The army says the rebels are fleeing to outlying islands as security forces advance.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES SPOKESPERSON BRIGADIER-GENERAL DOMINGO TUTAAN SAYING:
"We're hoping on the thing that hostages have been rescued or recovered, and the situation is getting better and hopefully we will be able to have this concluded at the soonest possible time."
The rebels are being forced out as the military steps up its efforts to contain them.
Nearly 100 people have been killed, and about 80, 000 displaced during nine days of fighting.
The rebels are a breakaway faction of the Moro National Liberation Front who object to a deal with the main group to end 40 years of conflict.
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