Siege and starvation have left the rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya in a nightmarish state not seen elsewhere in the country, a U.N. official who traveled there said Tuesday, as some 300 residents fled and desperately needed humanitarian aid arrived.
Residents who say they have received permission from the Syrian government to leave the besieged town depart after an aid convoy entered Madaya. (Reuters)
Aid convoys carrying food, medicine and blankets, leave the Syrian capital Damascus as they head to the besieged town of Madaya on January 11, 2015. AFP
A toddler is held up to the camera in this still image taken from video said to be shot in Madaya on January 5, 2016. (Reuters)
A Syrian man looks at pictures displayed under a tent during a demonstration on January 10, 2016 in the northern city of Aleppo in solidarity with the besieged town of Madaya. (AFP)
People carry posters during a sit-in calling for the lifting of the siege off Madaya, in front of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Beirut, Lebanon January 8, 2016. (AFP)