The three young boys could not access medical care because Madaya — the Syrian town where they lived — is playing a key role in a deadly geopolitical balancing act.
The stark reality check from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights came as the organization prepares to deliver life-saving aid to about 154,000 besieged Syrians in the next five days.
The UN's World Food Program said it would have to consult Russia and Assad's government to ensure the flight's safe passage, but played down the Russian Foreign Ministry's assertion that the UN was teaming up with Moscow and Assad.
VICE News obtained video and photos from inside the tiny makeshift clinic in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya. The only doctor has been forced to flee and there are virtually no supplies.
As Syrian peace talks in Geneva broke up on Wednesday with no result, new figures from a watchdog group indicate that far more Syrians are living under siege in the country than the UN has reported — predominantly in areas surrounded by regime forces.
We spoke to Abu Abdulrahman, the man who commands a contingent of rebel fighters in the town that has been under a crippling siege for the past six months.
At least five US citizens, including three American-born children, are struggling to survive a Hezbollah-imposed siege that has left Madaya sorely lacking in food and medicine — and with no means of escape.
A day after delivering food and supplies to Madaya, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for Syria said he saw people there that looked like "skeletons."
An aid convoy that left this morning from Damascus to deliver food and other supplies to thousands of besieged civilians, some of them at risk of starvation, arrived in Madaya Monday evening.
A UN and Red Cross convoy carrying food and supplies departed Damascus to relieve starvation conditions in the besieged town, while other convoys attempted to deliver aid to the towns of Foah and Kefraya near Idlib.
Doctors Without Borders reported five starvation deaths in the besieged city of Madaya and said 200 others could require hospitalization if help doesn’t arrive soon.