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Life in southern Philippine city slowly returns to normal as troops gain ground, corner rebels

Life in a southern Philippine city at the center of a 10-day hostage crisis is slowly returning to normal, after troops went house-to-house searching for the remaining Muslim rebels.

As the fighting eased, the military warned the rebel holdouts they can surrender or "suffer the consequences and feel the weight of the suffering of so many innocent people," according to military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala.

The standoff began Sept. 9 when rebels of the Moro National Liberation Front tried to take control of Zamboanga, a major port city of nearly 1 million people. They were foiled by troops but still took scores of people hostage along coastal villages.

More than 150 hostages have escaped so far.

Authorities say flights will resume Wednesday, and shops and banks have already reopened.