This combo of pictures taken on January 6, 2016, show Syrian malnourished toddler, left, Hala al Haddad, 7 months, and Mohammed Issa, 7, at a field hospital reportedly in Madaya, Syria. (Syrian Press Center YouTube grabs)
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Hopes of an end to the humanitarian tragedy of a besieged rebel-held Syrian border town rose after the United Nations Thursday said the Syrian government has allowed the entry of food supplies.The U.N. said in a statement it was preparing to deliver humanitarian aid in the coming days to the town of Madaya, which is being besieged by pro-government forces, and to two Shiite towns in the province of Idlib which are under rebel siege. Last month, a convoy transported 125 wounded rebels and civilians from Zabadani and Madaya, which have been besieged by Hezbollah and the Syrian army since July, to Beirut's Rafik Hariri International Airport, from where they were flown to Hatay airport in Turkey.The third phase stipulates that food and medical supplies would enter the three towns through safe humanitarian passages, with fighting forces pledging not to target these routes.Syrian jets often drop food supplies to residents of Kufreya and Al-Foua, which helped in reducing the effect of the siege on the people there, unlike residents of Madaya.
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