United Nations humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said on Monday that at least four hundred people in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya need to be urgently evacuated for medical treatment.
After an aid convoy was able to enter the city, UN officials reported that they have seen malnourished children with their own eyes and that the reports of people dying of starvation are credible.
The United Nations has asked the Syrian government for permission to airlift the four hundred people out of Madaya.
Spanish Ambassador Roman Oyarzun told reporters, “If they are not evacuated tonight, the situation will be more than dramatic tomorrow”.
Syria’s United Nations envoy Bashar Jaafari said that reports of starvation in Madaya are a fabrication and that terrorists inside Madaya were stealing supplies.