30 Jan '16, 2pm

16 more people starve to death in Syria's besieged Madaya: MSF

BEIRUT (AFP) - At least 16 more people have died of starvation in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya since an aid convoy entered earlier this month, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Several dozen more residents of the town are in "danger of death" because of severe malnutrition, the humanitarian group warned. The latest deaths were reported as the Syrian Red Crescent told AFP it had gained rare access on Saturday (Jan 30) to Madaya and two other besieged towns to assess humanitarian needs. MSF said the additional deaths in Madaya brought to 46 the number of people reported to have died of starvation in the town since December. It said real toll could be worse. "The real number is almost certainly higher, as MSF is aware of reports of people dying of starvation in their homes." Located in Damascus province, Madaya is under government siege, and its fate has been ...

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