US 'deeply concerned' over civilians in besieged Syrian towns

There must be 'sustained, unimpeded humanitarian access to all besieged areas, says State Department

US 'deeply concerned' over civilians in besieged Syrian towns

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S. remains "deeply concerned" about the widespread suffering of Syrian civilians inside besieged towns, a spokesman said Tuesday.

There must be "sustained, unimpeded humanitarian access" to all besieged areas, said State Department spokesman John Kirby, adding that the U.S. was "glad" a third convoy of aid that arrived Monday in Madaya, Foua, Kefraya and for the first time Al-Zabadani.

"We want to see that to continue unimpeded. And there are many others that need the help and the access to humanitarian supplies, which obviously we want to continue to see happen."

According to the UN, as many as 4.5 million Syrians live in hard-to-reach areas, including nearly 400,000 residents in 15 besieged locations who do not have access to the life-saving aid they urgently need.

Twenty-three people died of starvation last month in the blockaded town of Madaya. northwest of Damascus, according to a health committee report from the town.

Living conditions in Madaya further deteriorated as winter set in. Electricity is non-existent and many residents use what is left of their destroyed homes for heating purposes, the report said.

Food prices shot up dramatically since a blockade began by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

A kilogram of rice reportedly now costs around $115.

The Syria conflict, which will enter its sixth year in March, has left more than 250,000 people dead and turned the country into the world's largest source of refugees and displaced persons, according to the UN.

Nearly 8 million victims are internally displaced and more than 4 million have fled to nearby countries since the conflict started. 

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