Syria: UNHCR 'to send aid to regime-besieged Madaya soon'

Rebel forces allowing civilians out of Foua and Kafraya

07 January, 19:57

    A starving boy in Madaya, Syria. A starving boy in Madaya, Syria.

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - The Syrian government has pledged to allow humanitarian organizations to reach the regime-besieged city of Madaya, UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said Thursday. Aid is expected to arrive in the coming days to the city, where tens of thousands of civilians are struggling to survive and many have starved to death, she added. Opposition forces besieging the two northern, pro-regime cities of Foua and Kafraya have also agreed to allow civilians out. An estimated 40,000 people are trying to survive in Madaya, which was once a resort town. Snow has fallen in recent days, making the conditions even more difficult for the population. Hundreds have also recently been displaced to the city from nearby Zabadani, which was long fought bitterly over between opposition forces and regime and allied ones. (ANSAmed).

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