Starving Syrians in Madaya Are Denied Aid Amid Political Jockeying

January 11, 2016 12:06 AM

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Starving Syrians in Madaya Are Denied Aid Amid Political Jockeying

BEIRUT, Lebanon — In the hills near the Lebanese border, an hour’s drive from downtown Damascus, much of a Syrian town is starving, according to residents and international humanitarian workers.

The town, Madaya, is controlled by rebels and encircled by pro-government forces with barbed wire, land mines and snipers. The people in the town make soups of grass, spices and olive leaves. They eat donkeys and cats. They arrive, collapsing, at a clinic that offers little but rehydration salts. Ne...

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