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THOUSANDS OF FOREIGNERS TRAPPED BY PHILIPPINE INSURGENTS, FIGHTING

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Hundreds of foreigners fled intense fighting between rebel and loyalist troops in a financial district Tuesday, but thousands more were trapped for a fourth night when the battle halted evacuation efforts.

A rebel source said the insurgents, who are seeking to oust President Corazon Aquino, might refuse to allow all the trapped Americans to leave.The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the insurgents would release all Asian and European tourists but "the intention is not to release Americans" because of U.S. support for Aquino.

Fighting spilled over into exclusive neighborhoods near where the ambassadors of the United States, China and the Soviet Union live. U.S. officials said Ambassador Nicholas Platt would not be spending the night in his residence.

On Friday, the first day of the coup attempt, U.S. F-4 Phantom fighter jets flew air cover in support of pro-government forces staging their sixth attempt to oust Aquino since she was swept to power in 1986.

At least two people were killed and 15 wounded in Tuesday fighting.