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Syria to Allow Food Aid for Rebel-Held Town

Newspaper article International New York Times

Syria to Allow Food Aid for Rebel-Held Town

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With no firm date for deliveries to begin to Madaya, however, tens of thousands of people remain at risk, United Nationals officials warned.

Amid mounting international dismay over reports of starvation deaths and images of skeletally thin children in the besieged, rebel- held Syrian town of Madaya, the Syrian government agreed on Thursday to allow the delivery of humanitarian aid, the United Nations said.

But no firm date was set, and senior United Nations officials said that while they welcomed the government's decision to allow aid to enter, 42,000 people in Madaya remained at risk of further hunger and starvation, citing "credible reports of people dying from starvation and being killed while trying to leave."

The announcement came after Syrian opposition leaders issued a blistering statement declaring that silence and inaction from powerful nations and international organizations made them "complicit in starving civilians. …

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