Assad regime to allow aid into besieged Madaya, UN confirms


ARA News
DAMASCUS – Government of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday gave a permission to the United Nations’ agencies to deliver humanitarian aid to the besieged town of Madaya near the capital Damascus. 
The United Nations confirmed in a statement that the Assad government approved U.N. demand to deliver aid to three war-torn towns in Syria, including Fuaa, Kafraya and Madaya. 
“The U.N. welcomes today’s approval from the Government of Syria to access Madaya, Fuaa and Kafraya and is preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance in the coming days,” a U.N. statement said. 
Madaya, located about 25km northwest of Damascus and 11km from the border with Lebanon, has been besieged by pro-Assad forces and allied Lebanese Shia militia of Hezbollah since July. 
At least 25 civilians died of starvation in Madaya earlier this week, Medecins Sans Frontieres confirmed. 
According to reports, more than 4.5 million people in Syria live in hard-to-reach areas, where civilians have no access to humanitarian aid.
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
Source: ARA News 

Source http://aranews.net/2016/01/17494/

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