(UNICEF) –  UNICEF Philippines is concerned with the well-being of children affected by the conflict between armed groups and government forces since 23 May, which has left 24 civilians dead including one child, and tens of thousands displaced. The agency called for involved parties to the conflict and relevant government agencies to ensure the safety and undisrupted access of children to essential healthcare, nutrition, water and sanitation services as well as protection and psychosocial recovery support to aid their early return to normalcy.