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.
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.