Starving Syrian town: UN aid convoy to reach soon

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London, Jan 11: Responding to reports about people dying due to starvation in a town in Syria, a UN aid convoy is set to reach there soon, media reported.

The convoy is likely to leave for Madaya, a Syrian town under government siege. People living in the area reported to have been eating cats and grass to survive.

Starving Syrian town to get UN aid

"We are pretty confident," reported the BBC citing UN refugee agency spokesperson Melissa Fleming as saying.

According to reports, at least 23 people including infants have been died of starvation in Madaya near Lebanon's border since December, 2015.

The area has not received food supply since October last year due to the siege of Assad forces and Hizbollah.
"I have just got confirmation that our humanitarian convoy will leave tomorrow (Monday) morning," added Fleming.
"This is typical that it takes a while - the administrative hurdles are constant," she added.

Read More: Syrian crisis: People survive on cats and grass, says Report

Syria's ongoing civil war is the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Half the country's pre-war population more than 11 million people have been killed or forced to flee their homes.

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