Syr­i­ans ‘feel­ing for­got­ten’

Lesotho Times - - International -

DA­M­AS­CUS — As win­ter takes its toll on Syria, at least 400 000 peo­ple are cut off from food and med­i­cal sup­plies as the govern­ment and op­po­si­tion are lay­ing siege to towns and vil­lages, the UN says.

About 227 000 peo­ple are trapped by Syr­ian govern­ment forces in three key ar­eas.

East­ern Ghouta, out­side Da­m­as­cus, is a rebel strong­hold. Around 176 000 peo­ple are said to be cut off there.

About 9 000 peo­ple are trapped in the Da­m­as­cus sub­urb of Darayya and in the western town of Zabadani.

Ma­daya, to the south, has been un­der siege by al­lies of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-as­sad’s govern­ment since July. The UN says 42 000 peo­ple are stuck there.

Abu Khalil is one of those trapped in Ma­daya. He says the world has been ig­nor­ing the plight of those af­fected.

“The sit­u­a­tion is be­com­ing so dif­fi­cult,” he told Al Jazeera.

“At least 26 more peo­ple have died from star­va­tion and 50 oth­ers are now un­con­scious. We don’t un­der­stand how the world could do noth­ing to re­solve this cri­sis af­ter wit­ness­ing such tragedy.” Al Jazeera

Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar al-as­sad.

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