After several organizations reported starvation deaths and malnourished children in Syria, the United Nations announced that the Syrian government has granted permission for more humanitarian aid to enter some of the country's most desperate and hard-to-reach regions. Deliveries of food, blankets, and medical supplies will commence by Monday.
The recipients of the aid will be civilians in the besieged villages of Kefraya and Foah, as well as the Rebel-held town of Madaya. Organizations such as the Red Cross required permission from the Syrian government before they could deliver the aid.
"The U.N. welcomes today's approval from the government of Syria to access Madaya, Foua, and Kefraya and is preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance in the coming days," Yacoub El Hillo, the U.N.'s Resident and Humanitarian coordinator in Syria, told ABC News.
The aid will include food, medical supplies, and goods such as blankets and hygiene kits.
According to the medical agency Doctors Without Borders, 23 patients at a single health center in Madaya have starved to death since December 1. Six were children.
The U.N. has also received reports of people dying of starvation while trying to leave Syria.
Nearly 42,000 civilians in Madaya are at risk of hunger and starvation.
Several organizations are stepping up to help improve the situation in Syria. Top humanitarian organizations include the International Rescue Committee, the American Refugee Committee, International Medical Corps, Doctors Without Borders USA, Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), Catholic Relief Services, Lutheran World Relief, and Save the Children.
(H/T: New York Times)
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