A family riding on a tractor pass a Syrian soldier at a checkpoint, during a field visit made by United Nations observers to the Madaya area, near Damascus May 6, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri
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The United Nations said Thursday the Syrian government has allowed access to rebel-held areas of a town near the border with Lebanon where concerns of starvation are growing.The U.N. said in a statement it was preparing to deliver humanitarian assistance 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. It noted that dozens of aid trucks entered the towns of Madaya, Buqqein and Sergaia on Oct. 18, 2015, simultaneously as the same quantity entered the northern villages of Kefraya and Al-Foua.Simultaneously, a convoy evacuated Kefraya and Al-Foua of 338 pro-government fighters and civilians, to Hatay, from where they were flown to Beirut, and then driven back into Syria.
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