UN humanitarian team ready to assist Philippines in the wake of deadly fighting

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UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Luiza Carvalho. [Photo adapted from the United Nations in the Philippines Facebook page]

The UN humanitarian team in the Philippines stands ready to assist the government in its efforts to help people affected by deadly clashes between national forces and a rebel group on the southernmost island of Mindanao.

Luiza Carvalho, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in the country, issued a statement on Friday calling for the protection of civilians in Zamboanga City in the wake of the fighting that has killed five people.

The gunfire broke out on Monday and she estimates that 136,000 people have been affected, adding that a curfew is in place.

She says all schools and most shops are closed, with only essential government offices open.

More than 16,000 people have sought refuge in 20 evacuation centres across the city, while an unknown number of residents also remain trapped in affected coastal villages, according to the statement.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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