New aid convoy enters besieged Syrian town

A Syrian flag flutters on a barricade erected at the entrance to the besieged rebel-held town of Madaya as residents wait for a convoy of aid on January 14, 2016A convoy carrying food and other desperately needed aid entered Syria’s besieged Madaya, as UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned that using starvation as a weapon was a war crime. At the United Nations in New York, Western powers called for the UN Security Council to meet on Friday in order to expedite deliveries of life-saving supplies to Madaya and two other Syrian towns. White trucks emblazoned with the logo of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent entered Madaya — where the UN says suffering is the worst seen in Syria’s nearly five-year war — late on Thursday afternoon, an AFP reporter said.

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