Beirut – The Syrian Red Crescent said a convoy of trucks carrying food and medical aid had arrived on Monday at a government checkpoint outside the besieged Syrian town of Madaya.
Pawel Krzysiek, of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in Beirut that Doctors without Borders (MSF) confirmed that this was coming after not less than 30 people had died of starvation.
He said some 40 trucks were waiting early on Monday afternoon to enter the town.
Krzysiek said the aid convoy would not cross into Madaya until a parallel convoy was able to enter two government-held Shiite villages besieged by Islamist rebels in north-western Syria.
“330 tonnes of food and medical aid were being sent to Madaya, enough to last for about 40 days.
Doctors without Borders (MSF) said 20,000 people are currently trapped inside Madaya, while five more people had died there due to starvation.
The group disclosed that 23 people had died of starvation in the town’s hospital, which it supports, since the beginning of December.
“The Shiite villages of Foua and Kafraya, in north-western Idlib province, have been besieged by rebels since April.
MSF said that they had asked for food supplies, therapeutic food for treating malnutrition, and a basic package of essential medicines and medical supplies to enable the makeshift hospital in Madaya to keep running.
The group warned that regular supplies to Madaya were essential and a one-time delivery of aid would not be enough.
Mazen Burhan, a member of the Madaya Humanitarian Committee, said the trucks were expected to enter the town before the end of Monday as they have to pass through a number of checkpoints.
He said they would need to pass at least 20 checkpoints before their final destinations.
Burhan said the representative from the ICRC and the Syrian Red Crescent had entered the town ahead of the arrival of the aid convoy. (dpa/NAN)