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    A convoy of aid from the Syrian Arab Red Crescent waits on the outskirts of besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya

    At Least 16 Die From Starvation in Syrian Besieged Madaya

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    At least 16 people died from starvation in the besieged western Syrian town of Madaya, after the delivery of humanitarian aid, the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) aid agency said in a statement.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In mid-January, the UN, the International Red Cross (ICRC), the Red Crescent, and other NGOs, sent two convoys to deliver food and medical aid to as many as 400,000 people trapped in the besieged cities of Deir Ez-Zor, Madaya, Foah and Kafraya for months.

    "According to health workers supported by MSF inside Madaya, 16 people have died since the delivery of aid in three convoys earlier this month," the statement said on Friday.

    The statement added that there were 320 cases of malnutrition in Madaya, home to some 20,000.

    According to MSF, there are up to 2 million people in the besieged areas within Syria, with medical evacuations prevented and medical material, drugs and therapeutic food repeatedly blocked at checkpoints.

    On January 15, the Russian military announced the start of a humanitarian operation in Syria to help people trapped in Islamist-besieged towns, primary to the government-held city of Deir Ez-Zor in the northeast. The supplies have been airlifted by the Syrian Air Force.


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