Hundreds need urgent evacuation from besieged Syria town

Syrian children wait on the outskirts of the besieged rebel-held Syrian town of Madaya, on January 11, 2016, after being evacuated from the townSome 400 Syrians on the brink of death must be urgently evacuated from Madaya to receive medical treatment, the United Nations said after the first deliveries of aid in months arrived in the besieged town. Aid workers found the 400 Syrians suffering from starvation, malnourishment and other illnesses during a visit to a hospital in Madaya, said UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien. “Around 400 are in need of being evacuated for life-saving medical attention,” O’Brien told reporters on Monday, following a closed-door UN Security Council meeting.

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