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Aid Expected To Reach Syrian Town Of Madaya This Week Following U.N., NGO Demands For Access

The Guardian: Aid to reach starving Syrian town of Madaya by Monday
“Deliveries of food, medical supplies, and blankets to three towns in Syria where residents say they are starving to death will begin by Sunday or Monday, a Red Cross official has said…” (Shaheen/Wintour, 1/8).

New York Times: Starving Syrians in Madaya Are Denied Aid Amid Political Jockeying
“…At least 28 people, including six babies, have died from hunger-related causes at a clinic in Madaya aided by Doctors Without Borders, medics there say. … Their plight represents a stark failure of international powers that has worsened even as they intensify military and diplomatic activities, all in the name of resolving the conflict…” (Barnard et al., 1/10).

U.N. News Centre: Calling state of besieged Syrian town ‘horrendous,’ U.N. seeks humanitarian access
“…[Last week,] U.N. Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria Yacoub El Hillo and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator Kevin Kennedy issued a joint statement calling for unimpeded access to people in hard-to-reach and besieged areas, with only 10 percent of all requests for U.N. inter-agency convoys to these areas approved and delivered in the past year…” (1/8).