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    File Photo: This picture provided by The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), working alongside the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) and the United Nations (UN), shows a convoy containing food, medical items, blankets and other materials being delivered to the town of Madaya in Syria, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

    Second Humanitarian Aid Convoy Leaves Damascus for Syria’s Besieged Madaya

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    Second convoy of humanitarian aid trucks has left Damascus for Syria’s besieged town of Madaya, media reports suggested Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Prior to the convoy, whose movement was reported by the BBC, a UN convoy delivered humanitarian aid products to the residents of Madaya on Tuesday. The humanitarian convoy delivered food, detergents, medicine and plastic sheets to cover broken windows from shelling, among other necessary aid for civilians, according to the United Nations.

    According to the UN data, people have been dying of starvation in Madaya, where about 40,000 people are trapped.

    Afghan staff react inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan in this October 3, 2015
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    Last week, the United Nations said it was preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance after Damascus had approved the organization’s access to three Syrian cities — Madaya, Foah and Kafraya.

    On Sunday, an informed source told Sputnik that Damascus and armed opposition groups operating in Syria had reached a consensus on allowing deliveries of humanitarian aid to the cities.


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