New aid convoy leaves Damascus for starving Syrian Madaya

Second aid convoy with 44 trucks moves from Damascus to besieged Syrian town of Madaya after first convoy arrived there on Monday

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Red Crescent workers stand near their vehicles prior to inspection from rebels before heading to al Foua and Kefraya, in Idlib province, Syria January 11, 2016

A convoy left the Syrian capital Damascus on Thursday for the besieged Syrian town of Madaya in where more than two dozen civilians have starved to death since December because of a siege by Syrian regime forces.

A spokesman from the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that the convoy, including 44 aid trucks had departed the Syrian capital.

Twenty-one other vehicles were going to two rebel-held Shiite villages in the northwest, some 300 km (200 miles) from Madaya.

On Monday, the first convoy from the Red Crescent and the Red Cross arrived in Madaya from Damascus.

The United Nations' humanitarian coordinator in Syria, Yacoub el Hillo, said the claims related to starvation was not exaggerated.

"It is true. We saw people who are severely malnourished, especially children. We saw people extremely thin, skeleton, that are now barely moving," he said.

UN aid chief officer, Stephen O’Brien made a statement on Monday that aid workers found at least 400 Syrians suffering from starvation, malnourishment and other sicknesses during a visit to a hospital in Madaya.

TRTWorld and agencies