Beirut, Jan 8: At least 23 people including infants have been died of starvation in Syrian city of Madaya since December, 2015, media reported. Because of the siege of Assad forces and Hizbollah, food supply has not been reached in the area since October last year.
Aid agencies working in the area raised concern over the deteriorating situation as people are forced to survive on cats, grass.
"23 people have died of starvation since Dec 1 at a clinic of charity clinic Doctors Without Borders," reported the Washington Post.
Desperate people have put up photographs on the Internet showing frail, skeletal corpses and emaciated people, including children.
The town has become "an open-air prison," Brice de le Vingne, director of operations for Doctors Without Borders, said in a statement. Desperate people who try to flee have been injured or killed by bullets or by land mines planted around the town, he added.
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.