Madaya, a predominantly Sunni Syrian town near the border with Lebanon and 20 or so miles from the capital of Damascus, has been under siege by pro-government forces since July. Following a snowstorm early this year, things got far worse – the power was knocked out and there was little fuel. The siege has led to a disastrous food shortage, with what little food there is being sold for vastly inflated prices.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a Britain-based group that follows the Syrian war, published a report this week that claimed women and children had begun to starve to death in the town, and that others had been killed by snipers or landmines as they tried to gather food. The World Fo...
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